Toilets, showers, baths, and pools all have one thing in common: they use up a lot of water. And homeowners typically have something in common: they aren’t doing much to conserve water. But a few quick fixes can make a big difference. These three simple tips will help you immediately slash your water bill without having to hire a contractor or professional to make major improvements:
Flush fewer times
Everyone has to use the toilet at some point in their daily life, but there is a way to reduce the times you flush. Do not flush garbage down the toilet. Many people use tissues to blow their nose or to wipe their hands but do not use the toilet to dispose of those small items. Older toilets can use a range from 3-7 gallons of water per flush. So before you flush down a small item that can easily be thrown away in the garbage, think about your water bill and the water used for that flush.
Turn off your faucet more
Is it a habit for you to keep the faucet running while you brush your teeth, shave your face, or wash your body? If so, keep reading. Turn the faucet off while you do these tasks. It’s that simple. Turning off the faucet while doing these daily tasks can save up to 8 gallons of water. That totals to up to more than 200 gallons a month. It’s easy, turn it off.
Save your shower water
When taking a shower, you more than likely turn it on and wait until the water becomes warm and comfortable. It is normal, but it wastes a lot of water. According to the EPA, a standard shower head wastes around 2.5 gallons of water per minute. It is hard not to wait for your shower to get comfortable but there might be a way to save that water. If you put a bucket on your shower floor while you wait for your shower to get comfortable, you can accumulate the water and use it for other chores such as water plants or filling up your pool. This little tip can help you use water efficiently.