7 Ways to Conserve Water
1.Install low-flow (2.5 gallons per minute) showerheads and faucet aerators. This can save 30,000 gallons of hot water a year for a family of four that takes daily showers.
2.Water heaters use approximately 20% of the energy consumed by an average American household. Fifteen to thirty percent of the energy is consumed keeping the water hot while it’s not being used. Timers can be used to reduce heating stages, thereby, reducing standby heat loss.
3.Showers that last over ten minutes usually use more water than a bath.
4.Wash clothes in warm or cold water. A cold water rinse is always sufficient.
5.Lower the water heater thermostat to between 120 and 130 degrees Fahrenheit. This simple action can save as much as $45 per year and reduce the risk of burns from tap water.
6.Repair or replace dripping faucets promptly. A faucet dripping at a rate of one drop per second wastes 2700 gallons per year. This adds to cost of water and sewer utilities, or can strain your septic system.
7. Run cold water while using the disposal. Cold water solidifies grease so the disposal can get rid of it more efficiently.