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20 Ways To Conserve Water In The Home

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Most water bills encompass 20 percent of energy bills. Learning how to conserve water will not only reduce your energy bill, it can lower your energy use, minimise the impact on your local environment and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by using less energy to pump the water.

There are plenty of ways you can cut down the amount of water you use:

1. Take a shower rather than a bath.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), you use about 70 gallons of water for a full bath, while taking a ten-minute shower uses 20 to 50 gallons.

2. Take shorter showers.

This will decrease your use of hot water, which means you’ll be saving on your water bills as well as your heating bills. If you’re currently spending 15 minutes in the shower, cutting it down to 5 minutes will save you $50 to $150 a year on your energy bills.

3. Use a low-flow shower head.

Switch out your old shower head to a water-efficient model. You can lower your energy bill with a hand-held, low flow shower head. Some models can save you as much as 30%.

4. Install an on-demand hot water circulation pump.

Hot water circulation pumps transmit hot water to your fixtures within seconds, saving you money because you won’t have to run water while waiting for hot water to arrive. You’ll also reduce your hot water usage.

5. Take cooler showers.

Taking cooler showers will help you cut down your energy costs. Cool showers promote healthy skin and hair, and cause the pores to close up, which helps keep out dirt and grime.

6. Install carbon filters.

If you’re concerned about the quality of the water in your home, consider installing carbon filters on faucets and shower heads to absorb pollutants or reverse osmosis filtration systems on sinks to provide purified water for drinking and cooking.

7. Fix leaking faucets.

Leaking faucets waste thousands of gallons of water per household each year. A slow drip can waste up to 10 gallons of water per day, which translates to more than 3,600 gallons of water per year and add up to $20 to your annual bill. A fast dripping faucet can waste more than 40,000 gallons of water per year and add $60 to $200 to your energy bill.

8. Fix your leaking toilet.

Flushing the toilet accounts for the largest use of household water in the home, followed by taking showers and baths. Toilets account for nearly 30 percent of an average home’s indoor water consumption. If left unattended, a running water toilet can flush as much as $2000 down the drain. Click here for tips on fixing your running toilet without using a plumber.

9. Invest in energy-efficient appliances.

Buying energy-efficient appliances is an excellent way to slash your energy bill. An energy-efficient appliance can reduce water consumption by as much as 50%.

10. Conserve water when brushing.

When brushing your teeth, shaving or washing, don’t leave the tap running. A running tap wastes more than six litres of water a minute.

11. Don’t fill up the kettle.

When boiling water, don’t fill up your kettle; just the amount needed for a cup. Doing this could save you up to $10 a year on your energy bill.

12. Invest in an energy-efficient dishwasher.

You use up to 30 gallons of water per load when you wash by hand. On the other hand, the average Energy Star-rated dishwashers use only half the energy, 4 gallons of water and less soap.

13. Use a wash basin.

If a dishwasher is not an option, use a container to hold the water instead of letting the tap run when you’re doing the washing up. You could shave around $50 a year off your energy bills.

14. Use a low flow faucet.

Low flow faucets use less water per-minute than older models. They are fitted with an aerator, which limits the amount of water flowing through the faucet. In the case of hot water, less energy is used because less water is used.

15. Install a low-flow toilet.

A family of four can save up to 22,000 gallons of water by using a low-flow toilet. The latest low flow toilet uses as little as 1.6 gallons of water per flush, compare to a standard toilet, which can use from 3.5 to 7 gallons per flush.

16. Switch to mineral washing balls.

Mineral washing balls are an environmentally friendly alternative to washing with detergents in your washing machine and to clean dishes in your dishwasher. Both of these products are filled with tiny cleaning beads that magically remove stains and odors without using ANY chemicals.

You can get 1,000 of wash loads from a single set of these cleaning beads. Best of all, washing balls cut water usage by up to 80%.

17. Avoid using too much detergent.

Using too much detergent often leaves a residue on your clothes that is often hard to remove. It also makes your washing machine work a lot harder during the rinse cycle. Add the correct amount of suds as specified by the manufacturer.

18. Use cold water.

Washing with cold water is just as effective except when you’re washing very dirty clothes or your bed linen and towels, which should be washed in hot water to be sterilised.

According to Consumer Reports experts, washing in cold water is a much more effective option because today’s detergents are made in a way that allows them to be more effective at lower temperatures. You could actually save £55 a year just by dropping to a 30°C wash. Installing an insulation blanket around your water heater will keep the water in your hot water heater piping hot for a longer period of time, without using any extra energy. This can reduce standby heat losses by 25% to 45% and save you around 4% to 9% in water heating costs.

18. Turn off the hot water when going away.

If you’re going on vacation in the Summer, don’t forget to turn your hot water off. If you will be going away in the winter, turn your hot water and heating down to the lowest level so that your pipes don’t freeze and cause a major plumbing disaster.

19. Drain your hot water heater.

Draining your hot water heater will flush out any sediment deposits. Sediments reduces the amount of water available for use and affects the efficiency of the appliance. Flushing out these deposits prolongs the life of the heater and prevents malfunctions.

20. Add a timer.

This will give you control over your heating which means that you can pre-set the heating to come on at specific times of the day.

21. Insulate your hot water pipes.

This can save money on energy costs by preventing hot water pipes from losing their heat to the surrounding air and lower the costs of heating the water. This may allow you to reduce the temperature setting on your water heater.

22. Consider using a tankless water heater.

Tankless water heaters deliver a constant supply of hot water, and only work when you switch on the hot water tap. According to Consumer Reports, tankless heaters save an average of $70-$80 in energy costs per year.

23. Use a gas water heater.

Gas water heaters are typically cheaper to operate than electric. They also cost more. However, based on energy savings, gas heaters generally make up the difference in price in about one year.

24. Build a DIY solar water heater.

A DIY solar water heater is one of the cost-effective ways of lowering your energy bills and reducing your carbon footprint. Roughly 18 percent of your energy bills is spent on water heating, which means installing a DIY solar water heater to supplement your water heating system could save you more than $300 in annual savings, depending on where you live.