Increase Your Home’s Water Efficiency

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Water bills too high?  Concerned about conserving water?  A recent government survey showed at least 36 states are anticipating local, regional, or statewide water shortages by 2013.  That’s a bit daunting, but, you’ll be happy to learn that wasting water is easy to avoid.  There are many simple things you can do to minimize your household’s water usage.

  1. Install aerators on your kitchen and bathroom sink faucets.  They are inexpensive and easy to replace existing ones.  The number of gallons consumed per minute (gpm) is imprinted on the side of these devices.  By installing low-flow aerators, you can save 1 1/2 gallons per minute, or more.  That really adds up! has a product finder (aerators are posted near the end of the list).
  2. Turn off the water when shaving (fill the basin with a little water for rinsing the razor), brushing teeth and soaping up.  It’s amazing how much water just goes down the drain during these activities.
  3. Take a short shower instead of a bath, unless of course, you really need Calgon to take you away!
  4. Collect water in a pitcher while letting it run to get hot or cold, then use it to water indoor and outdoor plants.
  5. Install a water-conserving showerhead.  Whether you like a hand-held sprayer or wall-mounted showerhead, there’s a wide variety available in all price ranges.
  6. Check and fix any leaks you may have in your toilets, faucets, showerheads, irrigation systems and hoses.  It is estimated that 10% of homes in the U.S. have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.
  7. If your car really needs washing, clean it with non-toxic waterless carwash products.  These products work really well, are easy to use, and have minimal impact on the environment, plus you don’t even have to turn on the hose!  Perfect for apartment and condo residents!
  8. Instead of rinsing off dishes headed for the dishwasher, scrape off food residue.  Today’s dishwashers can handle it!  Also, a large portion of food waste can be composted rather than thrown in the trash or down the garbage disposal (plus your garden will thank you!).
  9. Wash only full loads of laundry, or use the appropriate water level or load size selection on the washing machine.  Typical washing machines use up to 40 gallons of water per load!  (Front-loading machines use 40-75% less water).
  10. Avoid cutting your grass too short as longer grass blades help shade each other, reduce evaporation, and inhibit weed growth. A rainbarrel is a great way to collect rainwater for landscaping uses.

photo by Lijo Jose

Tag(s): Kitchens And Baths, Money Saving, Water


One Response to “Increase Your Home’s Water Efficiency”

  1. Faucet Aerator Guy on July 21st, 2009 11:15 pm

    Good info on the faucet aerators, I recall you making it one of the 2009 top 10 but had less detail around flow rates. Yes standard flow rates are usually 2.5 gallons per minute up to 5 gallons and go as low as .5 gallons. For your kitchen faucet aerator you may want a higher GPM rate like 2.2 For the bathroom faucet aerator flow rates from 1.5 to .5 are usually sufficient.

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