I have been trying to reduce my water usage around the house! Here are some of the things I am doing.

In 1994, the federal mandated faucets, low-flow showerheads, and toilets burst on to the scene in substantial numbers. In order for you to conform to these new standards and increase the efficiency in your house, what can be done? Luckily, there are some things that can be done to cut down on water waste. The following are some tips to significantly reduce the water usage in your home.

 

At Home

  • Nearly 10 gallons each day is lost because of leakage. If you repair leaky toilets and faucets, this amount can be reduced.
  • Save up to 15 gallons by using a low-flow showerhead when taking a ten minute shower
  • The more minutes you shave off of hot water usage, the more you save on energy costs
  • Choose a shower over a bath and reduce the gallons you use to cleanse
  • Retrofit your toilet tank and save nearly 20 gallons daily
  • Adjust the settings on your washing machine and save water use by properly loading the machine
  • Use water efficiency settings on dishwasher, which is more efficient than actual handwashing. Kitchen faucet leakage is also a risk to consider

 

 

Pools and Yards

 

  • Up to 60% of household water usage can go to garden and lawn maintenance
  • The climate you live in dictates the water usage on your lawns as well
  • Pools use on average 22,000 of water and many gallons can be lost if pools are not covered

 

Diet

 

  • The water necessary for a diet is more than global water footprints on average
  • Eating less dairy and meat products can reduce water footprints. For example, a quarter pounder equates to 30 American showers on average
  • One serving of poultry costs approximately 90 gallons to produce
  • As pork uses water for production, consider reducing the consumption of it
  • Vegan lifestyles also use less water
  • One cup of coffee equates to 55 gallons as the majority of it is used by H20 to grow coffee beans

 

Transportation

  • Alternative energy sources like solar and wind can dramatically reduce your footprint
  • Wash your car with less frequency, as it can use up about 150 gallons

 

Power Consumption

 

  • The United States uses almost 5% of total water withdrawals to produce materials and fuel industry
  • A pound of cotton takes approximately 100 gallons, so we should be asking ourselves if we truly need a new cotton t-shirt
  • By buying recycled goods, we are able to conserve more water; also recycling things when you are done using them. Buy only the things that you truly need and leave unnecessary items by the wayside
  • The water necessary to produce your laptop could potentially wash 70 loads in a standard washing machine cycle
  • To recycle 1 pound of paper could potentially save nearly 3.5 gallons. If you buy products made of recycled paper, you can substantially save on the amount of water being used – it takes nearly six gallon to produce paper worth about a dollar