What Is Your Water Footprint?
Posted: Oct 29, 2014 by ecoREsource Properties
Most of us don’t think twice about the availability of water; we turn on our faucet, and there it is. Did you know that only about 1% of the earth’s water is readily available to consume? You can save money and help the environment simply by reducing your water usage and eliminating water waste. The average household spends $500 per year on their water/sewer bill. By installing water-efficient fixtures and appliances, homeowners can save about $170 per year. What is your water footprint? Calculate Your Water Usage
7 Easy Ways Homeowners Can Help Conserve Water:
Purchase WaterSense Products - WaterSense labeled fixtures and appliances are both high-performing and water-efficient. They have been independently certified to perform well; and to help save water, energy and money.
Fix Water Leaks - Check for any plumbing fixture leaks in your house and fix them. “The average household's leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, or the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry. Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills.” - WaterSense
Don’t Leave Water Running - While brushing your teeth, shaving or hand-washing dishes, turn off the faucet. For dishes, fill the sink; don’t let the water run. Better yet, use your dishwasher; it uses less water than washing by hand.
Only Run Full Loads of Dishes and Laundry - Make sure that the dishwasher and washing machine are full for each load. If you need to wash a smaller load of laundry, select the appropriate water level or load size option.
Take Shorter Showers; Skip the Bath - The average American shower uses 17.2 gallons and lasts for 8.2 minutes. A shower uses less water than a bath, as long as it’s not too long; try to keep your shower time around 5 minutes.
Keep Cold Water in the Refrigerator - Instead of letting the faucet run until your drinking water is cold, keep cold water ready to drink in a filtered pitcher in the refrigerator.
Sweep Instead of Hose - Use a broom instead of your hose to clean the driveway, sidewalk, deck and patio.
If every homeowner implemented just a few of these water saving tips, we could save billions of gallons of water each year, which, in turn, would save lots of money.