5 Perfectly Painless Water Savers

Sep 24, 2013 No Comments by

Save money and water around the house with a few simple steps

With water bills rising and many water tables going down, it makes eco-sense and dollar cents to conserve. Here are five painless ways to get started.

1. Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

Save water and money, and still have ample water pressure, with a low-flow showerhead, which can slash bathing-water consumption 50 to 70 percent. The devices are simple to install and start at around $8. Many styles and features are available, including flow-adjusting dials and a pause button.

2. Turn Off the Tap While You Brush

Don’t let your water dollars — and one of nature’s most precious resources — run down the drain. Just turn off the water while you brush your teeth. The average bathroom faucet flows at a rate of two gallons a minute, according to the EPA’s WaterSense initiative. That means you’ll save up to 8 gallons of water a day per person.

3. Water Your Garden in the Morning

The best time to water outdoors is in the morning, both to reduce water waste and to promote healthy flora. Morning air is cooler, so less water is lost to evaporation than during the middle of the day. If you water in the evening, you run the risk of promoting fungi and bacterial diseases.

4. Use a Pro or Waterless Car Wash

It may surprise you, but commercial car washes use water more efficiently, typically using 45 gallons of water per car. Home washers typically use between 80 and 140 gallons. Commercial car washes must also drain their wastewater into sewers, versus simply running it across your driveway into the land. Some companies will also provide a full car wash with no use of water!

5. Fix That Leak

Don’t ignore that dripping faucet or leaky pipe joint. One faulty faucet wastes 3 gallons of water per day, reports the U.S. Geological Survey. So get a pipe wrench and tighten those seals, replace old and worn hardware, and call your neighborhood plumber if you need help. Every drop really does add up.

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