Conserving water is a priority for many of us. Not just to reduce our utility bills but as a way to protect the environment. It’s easy to reduce water consumption in your home if you follow these three simple steps.
Install Low-Flow Fixtures
Your home’s toilets and showers consume the most water. Changing your fixtures can reduce water consumption by 20%, according to Fox Valley Plumbing. That results in significant water savings since the average home uses 100 gallons per day per person, on average. Low-flow options exist for kitchen faucets, bathroom fixtures, showerheads, and toilets. When looking for fixtures, the flow rate will be expressed in gallons-per-minute, or gallons-per-flush if looking at toilets. A great low-flow showerhead will have a flow rate under 2.5 GPM.
Upgrade or Install a Dishwasher
Many people are surprised to learn that using a dishwasher saves water compared with handwashing. According to Energy Star, home dishwashers save an average of 230 hours of time and over 5000 gallons of water. Those savings should easily justify the expense of purchasing a new appliance. If you already have a dishwasher, but it’s over 10 years old, consider upgrading it. The newer models have advanced features that further reduce your water consumption.
Go to the Car Wash
Automatic car washes and even self-service car wash facilities simply use less water while cleaning your car better. A typical home car wash using a garden hose will consume about 100 gallons of water while a car wash using a high-pressure hose only uses 11 gallons. That’s almost a 90% reduction in water consumption for making one simple change. You will need to pay for the car wash service, but you should get that money back in savings on your water bill.
With a few simple upgrades, your home will be helping to reduce your utility builds and preserve the environment.