Conserving water and reducing water waste is now more important than ever as the possibility of shortages continues to grow. A recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office brought to light that 40 out of 50 state water managers anticipate that water shortages within their states in the decade to come. Protecting the environment and natural resources is everyone’s responsibility.
Consider These Conservation Statistics
When it comes to water use, many people are unaware of how common water waste is, especially within their own homes. Consider these statistics:
- Water use in American homes has increased by 127% since 1950.
- An average of 88 gallons of water a day is used at home by every American.
- There are people in other parts of the world who are existing on three gallons of water or less each day, which is how much is used with one flush of most toilets.
- The average family will spend more than $1,000 a year for water costs in their home.
- If you leave the faucet running while brushing your teeth, you waste four gallons of water.
- A leaky faucet that drips one drop per second could result in water waste of 2,700 gallons every year.
- Almost 900 billion gallons of water is wasted in America from household leaks.
- More than half of the water used to water your lawn can be wasted between evaporation or overwatering that causes run off, which could add up to 25,000 gallons each year.
- Using your garden hose for one hour could use as much water that a family of four might use in one day.
What Can You Do to Conserve Water?
These conservation statistics should serve as a wakeup call for how much water is being wasted in our homes. You can save water and reduce your water costs by rethinking how you use water in your home by:
- Turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth or shaving to shave almost 5,700 gallons of water a year.
- Waiting until your dishwasher is full before turning it on and you could save almost 320 gallons of water a year.
- Making sure that your lawn irrigation system is properly maintained and set to water your lawn in the early morning hours to reduce evaporation.
- Switching to ENERGY STAR-rated appliances and WaterSense labeled fixtures in your home
WaterSense Products in the Home
You could be saving up to $380 a year in water costs by making the switch to WaterSense fixtures because they are 20 percent more efficient than non-WaterSense fixtures:
- Replacing your older toilets with WaterSense models could save you approximately 13,000 gallons a year.
- Switching to WaterSense bathroom faucets could save you up to $250 in water over the course of the faucets’ lifespan.
- Replacing your shower head with a WaterSense model can save 2,700 gallons or more a year.
- Swapping your standard irrigation controller with a WaterSense model could save almost 7,600 gallons water a year.
If you’re ready to take a stand and help conserve water, making the switch to WaterSense fixtures just makes sense. Contact the plumbing experts at Bill Fenwick Plumbing to learn more about reducing water waste in your home.