Few of us are aware of how much water we are wasting daily. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the average American family can waste about 180 gallons of water per week (or 9,400 gallons of water in a year) just from pipe leaks. That can amount to about 300 loads of laundry and hundreds of dollars paid extra on water bills.
The good news is that you can reduce your water waste by doing a few minor changes in your water consumption.
Here’s how to conserve water this spring.
Replace Old Faucets and Showerheads
This minor investment can not only help you reduce water waste but also save money on your water bills. By replacing old faucets with more efficient products, you can reduce your water and electricity bills by $250 while replacing the showerheads can help you save 2,700 gallons of water per year and reduce your bills by another $70.
Check and Fix Any Leaks
A minor leak might go unnoticed for several months. Or since it’s not causing any real damage, you may postpone fixing a leak until you have enough time to take care of the problem. But, drip by drip, these minor leaks can waste over 3,000 gallons in one year, not to mention the additional cost it adds to your bills.
Get in touch with an expert plumber as soon as you notice a leak and have it fixed as quickly as possible. You may not be aware of the damage it can create and the waste it can generate.
Use Your Dishwasher More Often, But Fully Loaded
If you dread washing dishes and keep postponing this chore, then we have some good news for you. Your dishwasher uses less water to wash your dishes so it’s highly recommended you use it. However, make sure to load it fully every time to maximize the energy and water it uses.
Invest in a Drip Irrigation System
This water conservation method works by dripping small amounts of water over the plant over a long period. A drip irrigation system is usually composed of interconnected pipes and tubes that deliver water in small quantities to the plants.
If you don’t have the time or money to build such a system, you could use the dripping method by using two or three small buckets of water for your plants instead of letting the hose run for half an hour twice a week.
Cut Your Grass Longer
It may seem odd, but longer grass means that it will take longer for the water to evaporate and you won’t have to water the loan as often. So, next time you are mowing, set the blades of the lawnmower one inch higher than usual.
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