9 Small Tips for Huge Indoor Water Savings
Even the smallest changes can make a great impact on water conservation efforts. Here are some tips to increase your household indoor water savings. Give these tips a try and you will shrink your utility bill and your environmental impact.
Find a bath replacement
Many people take baths to relax and unwind after a stressful day. But switching to a shorter shower can save both money and water. Instead of a bath, try meditation, exercise, or a massage to relax your mind and your wallet.
Run full loads of dishes and laundry.
Resist the urge to run a load of laundry or dishes until you have a full load. This tip saves you money and time!
Upgrade to water efficient appliances
If it’s time to upgrade a household appliance such as washing machine or dishwasher, consider purchasing an energy and water efficient model. Not only will you save money on your utility bills, you will be reducing your regular water consumption.
Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth
I’m sure you’ve heard this one before, but it really works! Try to shut the water off while you’re brushing for one week. It will become a normal part of your routine and you won’t even notice the difference (but the environment sure will).
Save unused drinking water
What happens to the water at the end of your glass or bottle when you’re finished? Most of the time, we dump it in the sink. Consider using it to water your plants instead.
Is your toilet running? Better catch it…
Leaky toilets can waste gallons of water, and run up your utility bill. Save yourself the money and promptly fix leaky toilets in your home.
Consider investing in a water-efficient toilet
According to the EPA, switching to a high-efficiency toilet can save a family $2000 during the life of the toilet or 4000 gallons of water per year! Imagine what you could do with that money. Family vacation, anyone?
Install a low flow shower head
Similarly, a low flow shower head can greatly reduce your household water usage. The EPA has estimated that if every home in the U.S. used a low-flow shower head, we could save more than 250 billion gallons of water per year. That’s enough to supply more than 2.5 million homes with water for a year!
Take a Pledge
Gather your family or some friends and take the pledge to use less water together. If you’re competitive, turn it into a game! How many days can you go without leaving the faucet on while brushing your teeth? Who in the group can take the shortest showers?
In the end, even the smallest steps can lead to major indoor water savings. But reducing your water consumption not only protects our water resources, it also can save you money!