7 Ways to Save Water at Home
More than 1 billion people around the world lack access to clean water. In the United States, households waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water a year due to leaks alone. Yes, we said TRILLION! Here are 7 easy ways to save water at home.
- Check Your Winter Water Bill! The majority of wasted water comes from household leaks. The average family of four should use less than 12,000 gallons per month. More than that could indicate a leak.
- Stop The Leak: Fixing leaks not only helps save water, it saves money on your water bill. Finally fixing that running toilet is a great place to start. A constantly running toilet can waste up to 4,000 gallons of water each day. That equates to doing approximately 3,200 loads of laundry a month!
- Fill It Up: Don’t run your washing machine or dishwasher with anything less than a full load. And always skip the permanent press cycle, which uses an additional 5 gallons of water for the rinse spin.
- Take 5-Minute Showers. Compared to baths, which use up to 70 gallons of water, 5-minute showers only use up to 25 gallons. If you want to save even more water, install low-flow showerheads, which only emit 2.5 gallons per minute.
- Turn Off The Tap! Don’t keep water running while you’re brushing your teeth or shaving in the sink. Rinse razors in a pool of water – otherwise, you could be wasting around 2 gallons of water per minute.
- Aerate The Lawn: Water from sprinklers can pool on the surface and evaporate before it ever reaches the roots. This means more water is required to penetrate the ground, especially in dryer climates. Aerating the lawn allows water to reach the roots faster while using less.
- Collect Rainwater: Direct gutters into a cistern. Reclaimed rainwater is perfect for watering plants. It’s all about the re-use!
Water is becoming a scare commodity, but it doesn’t have to be. At Renergy, we save water by turning wastewater into clean natural resources.