An average American family of four uses about 400 gallons of water a day. Residential usage of water is substantial in the US. Efficient appliances and fixtures can help but a little care and common sense go a long way toward minimizing waste.
Here are a few tips to reduce water consumption at home:
- Turn off the faucets. Break this bad habit today. Never let faucet water run needlessly as you wash or rinse dishes, wash your hands or face, and brush your teeth or shave. You can just save hundreds of gallons of water a month
- Use every drop of water. Learn to re-purpose water. One easy way is to capture under your colander the portable water you use to rinse fruits and veggies. Do the same while you wait for your hot water to come on.
- Shorten your showers. Use a timer to time your showers. Shoot for five minutes or less.
- Look for ways to capture water. Find ways to save and store rainwater for use in the garden. A 55-gallon drum catches roof water from gutters and downspouts and an easy way.
Simple and quick tips like these can help you save thousands of gallons of water a year. Conserving water is more important than ever. It will help the environment and save you money as well.