3 Key Steps for Water conservation in the home.
3 Key Steps for Water Conservation in the Home:
The Easiest of Steps: Shut the Water Off!
The typical US household uses a lot of water—400 gallons of water every day for a family of four (US EPA Water Sense). One of the easiest and most effective steps you can take to reduce your water usage is to shut the water off at the times you don’t need it—while soaping up dishes, shampooing your hair in the shower, or brushing your teeth. If you are not actively using the water, always shut it off until it is needed.
Use Low-Flow Showerheads and Faucet-Flow Aerators
If 1 out of every 100 American homes used water-efficient fixtures, it would save about 100 million kWh of electricity per year—the equivalent of removing nearly 15,000 automobiles from the road for a year (US EPA Water Sense). Reduce your water usage immediately by installing a low-flow showerhead and faucet-flow aerators on all water faucets. These devices maintain water pressure while reducing flow, by infusing air into the water stream. Look for showerheads and aerators that are EPA Water Sense labeled.
Kick the Bottled Water Habit
Fill a plastic water bottle ¼ of the way full with oil—this is how much oil is required to make the typical bottle of water. The numbers are staggering—if you add up the plastic used for the bottle, the energy required to collect and clean the water, and the fuel it takes to ship the bottles to stores, it equates to millions of barrels of oil each year (Sierra Club). Kick the bottled water habit by installing a water filter on your faucet and purchasing a reusable water bottle. Aim for a water bottle that does not leach chemicals, by looking for ‘BPA Free’ plastic bottles, or by choosing stainless steel.