4 Tips to Save Water (and Money)
Saving water and keeping money in your pocket is a no brainer. Whether it be from a leak or excessive water output from older appliances, each household has its fair share of waste. If you want to take action to conserve water and save your hard earned money these tips are for you:
To ensure that you are purchasing water-efficient products look for the Water-SenseⓇ label. WaterSense labeled products are backed by independent, third–party certification and meet EPA’s specifications for water efficiency and performance. According to the EPA, WaterSense labeled products are 20 percent more water efficient than average products in their category.
If you suspect a leak whether it be within your sink, showerhead, toilet or pipes it is important to remedy the issue to avoid damage and waste. According to the Department of Energy, a leak of one drip per second wastes 1,661 gallons of water and can cost up to $35 per year. If you suspect a leak take a meter reading, turn off your water for a couple hours then take another meter reading. If there is water loss chances are you have a leak. Unfortunately, the reading does not tell you where the leak is located so it might be best to call in the plumbing professionals.
According to water conservationist George Whalen, the switch to low-flow toilets can save you up to $100 per year in utility costs. Low-flow toilets have come a long way since the 90s, in both efficiency and water usage. A conventional toilet uses double the amount of water per flush compared to a low-flow toilet. This waste can add up quickly especially for businesses and larger households. You might be thinking, “I don’t have extra money for a fancy new toilet”, but keep in mind many options are reasonably priced and end up saving you money in the long run.
Back in the day you could either have a great showerhead or a water-saving shower, but now you can have both. Many of the water-saving showerheads (with the WaterSense label) use 30% less water, while still providing adequate pressure. A list of the top rated low-flow showerheads for 2020 can be found here.
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