Whether you’re looking to save on your water bill, conserve in drought conditions, or lower your impact on the environment, there are many smart ways to save water at home.
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Get Low Flow Faucets, Toilets and Shower Heads
You can reduce the amount of water you use without turning the tap off a moment earlier, if you install low flow fixtures.
- A low flow kitchen faucet can save you 3.5 gallons per minute
- A low flow toilet can save you 5 gallons with each flush
- Low flow showerheads can cut your gallons per minute by 40%
Check Your Kitchen Cupboards
Many of the foods we eat take more water than you expect to produce, so switch to their water-conscious alternatives.
- Choose tea over coffee, because it takes 37 gallons of water to grow enough beans for one cup of coffee and only three gallons for a cup of tea
- Eat chicken over beef, because it takes 1,847 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef, but it only takes 518 to produce a pound of chicken
- Buy broccoli over asparagus, because it takes 258 gallons to grow a pound of asparagus, but it only takes 34 gallons to grow a pound of broccoli
Water Your Plants the Smart Way
After you use water, you can often reuse it in your garden. Try using:
- Water you used to boil pasta, just be sure to let it cool first
- Cold water you used while waiting for the shower to heat up
- Water you washed your fruit or vegetables in, collect it in a pan
- Plus, water plants in the morning, before the sun can evaporate it
Save Water in Your Yard
Though often neglected, your yard is full of opportunities to conserve water, such as:
- Use a pool cover to stop water from evaporating away
- Turn fountains and water features off, or remove them
- Collect rainwater to use on the lawn or in the garden
- Don’t use power washers—brooms and sponges are fine
Check for Leaks
A single dripping faucet could waste 5 gallons of water a day, while a running toilet could waste 1,000 gallons per day. As some leaks are hard to see, like those in pipes, you should check your whole plumbing system for leaks. Here’s how:
- Find your water meter and write down what it reads out
- Turn off the water or just stop using it for a two-hour period
- Before turning the water back on, check your water meter
- If the read out has gone up, you have a leak somewhere