Bad sink habits can be very wasteful. It doesn't seem like much, but a few minutes every day build up to dozens of wasted gallons of water every year.
The first water-saving habit I have ever learned for the sink is turning off the tap while brushing my teeth. I wet my toothbrush, turn off the tap, brush my teeth, then turn it back on to rinse my toothbrush and my mouth. Since we're supposed to brush our teeth for at least 3 minutes, you can save up to 9 gallons (or 4.5 if using a low-flow faucet) every day with this simple habit.
Adding a low-flow faucet aeratoris simple, cheap, and will reduce the amount of water used by half. They cost literally nothing (less than $10 for two) and you won't see the difference in how wet your toothbrush or hands get. Get these affordable and effective faucet aerators from Amazon.
And finally,fix those faucet leaks! A leaky faucet can waste up to 20 gallons of water per day, and the fix is often a simple valve tightening or a change of washers. You can learn how to repair a faucethereandhere.
3. At the toilet
Toilets are among the biggest water wasters in the house. A typical toilet uses between 5 and 7 gallons
per flush; at 5 flushes per person per day, it accumulates really quickly.
The first thing you can do to reduce this is topurchase a low-flow toilet. Low-flow toilets use as little as 1.6 gallons of water per flush, making an enormous difference in the amount of water used daily. ThisToto low-flow toiletuses 1.28 gallons per flush, and so does this more affordableKohler toilet. (Changing your toilet? Read myUltimate Toilet Buying Guide.)
If you can't replace your current toilet, there are a few things you can do to reduce the amount of water you use flushing every day. The first is to, well,flush less often. A single flush can handle the paper used for a few pees---I usually flush every 3-5 pees. However, if it's brown, I do flush it down! Instead of the typical 5 toilet flushes a day, I usually get away with 3. It saves quite a bit of water when you start adding them up over weeks and months!
To instantly reduce the amount of water used by your tank,fill up a large bottle or airtight container with water, and place it in the tank. There is less space for flushing water in the tank, resulting in water savings.
Check for toilet leaks regularly by putting dye in the tank. If there is a leak, the dye will appear in the bowl without flushing. Toilet leaks are also very wasteful; make sure to get it repaired right away (ordo it yourself). Keeping your toilet in good condition will save water in the long run.
When you work to save water, everyone wins. You win instantly because you will save on your water bill (if water is billed in your area). The environment wins because you waste less water, leaving more for things like forests and animals. And the human race wins because we can't survive without it---either to drink or to water our food crops. Water may seem abundant and infinite to you, but ask a Californian these days: they'll tell you that their perception of water usage has changed drastically since the beginning of the drought. Prevent this from happening in your state by adopting some of these green habits!
Author:Peggy ONeill Phone: 561-827-6672 Dated: August 22nd 2016 Views: 158 About Peggy: ...
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