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Water: Conserve it and use it efficiently
Water is an essential part of our daily lives. Besides needing water to replenish our bodies, we use it to brush our teeth, take showers, and wash our cars and clothes, and we even use it to make that pot of coffee that helps get us through the day.
Do we really understand how much we use?
The average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day just at home, roughly 70 percent of which occurs indoors. That amount of water usage results in about $1,100 in water costs per year.
Why should you conserve water?
Less than 1 percent of all of the water in the world is available for our use. When you waste water, you not only waste money and energy, but you also hurt communities across the country that are facing challenges in maintaining healthy and affordable water supplies.
To provide enough clean water for people around the world, water is cleaned at drinking water treatment plants before being used. After it is used, it is cleaned once before being released back into the environment. Saving water would not only help communities across the country but also keep our natural ecosystem from being further damaged.
Here are small adjustments you can make that will help save water and energy while saving you money at the same time:
1. Find and fix leaks
One small drip per minute is almost 53 gallons of water wasted per year. Tighten up your pipes and talk to your water company about how to check for hidden water leaks and leaky pipes.
2. Use your dishwasher
Running a full load through the dishwasher saves as much as 35 percent of the water used to wash dishes by hand. Running a dishwasher when it’s less than full wastes more than just water, it wastes energy as well.
3. Switch to a low-flow showerhead
Newer, more efficient showerheads have the same water pressure but can increase water conservation by up to 75 percent compared to a regular showerhead.
4. Don't wash your laundry too often
The average washing machine uses 40.9 gallons of water per load. Wash full loads of laundry and save water and energy costs.
5. Harvest your rainwater
Landscape irrigation accounts for nearly 9 billion gallons of the water used per day nationwide. This spring, use a rain barrel to harvest rainwater.
6. Go to the car wash
Car washes are actually more efficient than washing your car at home. If you don’t think that your local carwash recycles its water, try a waterless car wash.