Common Ways You Are Wasting Water at Home
Many of us use water thoughtlessly; it is normally available to us all the time. But while two-third of the Earth is covered with water, only three per cent is fresh and potable. California has long struggled with drought conditions. After all, it is a desert state. Many communities are already enforcing water restrictions.
The average person uses around 30 gallons of water every day. This usage goes up depending on seasonal conditions. You might unknowingly be wasting water. Therefore, it is important to understand some of the ways you may be contributing to water wastage in your home.
Running Water While Brushing Teeth
This is by far the most common habit that people have that wastes water and it is one of the easiest habits to avoid. You definitely do not need water while you are brushing your teeth but many people leave it running. All you really need to do is wet the toothbrush, turn off the tap then turn it back on to wash and rinse your mouth and the toothbrush. Brushing is a daily activity that most people do not skip doing. Many people brush at least twice a day. Imagine the amount of waste happening across the country. If each person develops the habit of never leaving the tap running, then a lot of water can be conserved.
Flushing does seem like an essential and a sanitary thing to do every time you use the toilet. But a single flush can expense 10 gallons of water. And it is actually not actually required every time you visit the bathroom. Flushing can be avoided when it is not completely necessary, or when there is no stool to be washed off. Also avoid using your toilet as a trash can. That tissue you blew your nose in should go in the actual trash can, not flushed down the toilet.
Washing Dishes: By Hand or Dishwasher?
Consumer Reports has always advised that a dishwasher should not be run half-empty because it wastes energy and puts more wear on the appliance. They also say that washing dishes by hand can waste tons of water. A typical session that includes turning the water on and off will go through about 20 gallons (75 liters) or so. But if you leave the water running while scraping at those last grisly bits on your dishes, you may use more than twice that amount. Modern electric dishwashers, in contrast, need less than 10 gallons (38 liters) per average load. The dishwasher’s recirculating pump sprays a small amount of water all over the place. Both the pump energy and the water heating energy is quite minor.
A full bathtub requires roughly 36 gallons of water. While on the other hand, taking a five-minute shower uses roughly 10 to 25 gallons. One of the best places to make a difference is in the shower. This is the place where many people waste water for personal use more than anywhere else. Every minute less of shower time means 150 gallons less of water wasted per month. For homeowners, this also leads to a dramatic reduction in the water bill. You can save even more water and money by using a low-flow shower head. A rough estimate states that if every household installed a water-saving shower head, the United States could reduce its annual water consumption by 250 billion gallons.
Like brushing your teeth, both men and women tend to keep the tap on while shaving which is completely avertable. If one is using the sink while shaving then it should be filled only till the halfway which can be used to wash off the blade. Or if you are in a habit of shaving while taking a shower then turning off the shower while shaving is the sensible thing to do. Once you are done with it, rinse it off under the shower. This way, gallons of water can be conserved and your shaving can also be done without a problem.
Half Loads of Laundry
Did you know that a cycle of laundry can use up to 35 gallons of water or more? Of the easiest ways to help limit water waste is to make sure that the load is full. This can be one of the hardest habits to break. This is especially true if you have a busy day and need to only wash a few items. Just one or two full cycles a week is more cost-effective than multiple smaller loads. Upgrading your laundry machine can also help to be more energy efficient.
Using Hot Water
Having a hot water bath while relaxing in your bathtub seems to be a pretty tempting thing. But did anyone tell you that hot water uses a lot more water and energy than your normal tap water. Turning on the hot water knob just for comfort is not a very good idea and save it only when it becomes absolutely necessary, otherwise stick to the tap water in order to conserve this resource.
One of the most common culprits of water wastage at home is the leaky faucet and toilet. It may seem insignificant but the little drips can actually add up. According to the U.S Geological Survey, a constantly leaking toilet can waste up to 22 gallons of water every day which adds up 8000 gallons of water in the year!
Sprinklers and Fountains
In the summer, overwatering your lawn may seem like the best option because it is dry and hot. However, during these hot days most of the water will be evaporated and not absorbed into the ground. Instead, try to water your lawn and plants during the early morning. The early morning is when it is not as hot and your grass is more likely to take in the water. These easy lawn care tips can help to conserve water when taking care of your beautiful landscaping.
Washing the Car
While washing your car at home will save you money from having to go to a professional car wash, it can also be incredibly inefficient on water. The average car wash at home uses an astounding 80 to 140 gallons of water for a single vehicle. You may think that a drive-thru car wash with its jets of water must use more water than a standard hand car wash. This is just not true. Just as dishwashers use less water than hand washing, so do automatic car washes. The machines are designed to use minimize waters usage and nowadays most car washes are using environmentally friendly detergents at the same time.
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Saving water at home does not require any significant cost outlay. Although there are water-saving appliances and water conservation systems such as rain barrels, drip irrigation and on-demand water heaters which are more expensive, the bulk of water saving methods can be achieved at little cost. By using water-saving features you can reduce your in-home water use by 35%. This means the average household, which uses 130,000 gallons per year, could save 44,000 gallons of water per year. On a daily basis, the average household, using 350 gallons per day, could save 125 gallons of water per day. The average individual, currently using 70 gallons per day, could save 25 gallons of water per day.
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