Do You Waste Too Much Water at Home?

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Clean water is not an unlimited resource. If you use too much of it, not only will your water bills be extra high, but you'll be doing the environment harm as well. Here is a look at some common ways people waste water at home and how you can address them.

Using the wrong plumbing fixtures.

If your faucets and shower heads are more than a few years old, you're probably unknowingly wasting water every time you use them. Replace them with new, water-efficient showerheads and faucets, which use less water but deliver it more forcefully so the experience is every bit as enjoyable. The average household can save 2,900 gallons of water a year just by switching to WaterSense showerheads. (Items that carry the blue and green WaterSense label have met the EPA criteria for water conservation.) That's not to mention the additional water you'll save by changing to more efficient faucets, too.

Being "overly clean."

In the hopes of staying clean and keeping your home clean, you might accidentally go a little overboard. Do you wash your hair each and every day? You probably don't need to. (In fact, washing your hair just every three days or so may be better for it.) Start holding off on doing laundry until you have a full load, and only wash clothing that's actually dirty. For example, unless you're wearing them out in the mud, most jeans don't need to be washed after every use.

Overwatering plants.

Overwatering plants can mean simply giving them more water than they need, or it can mean using more water than is necessary due to poor watering practices. Get into the habit of feeling the soil before you apply water to your garden or potted plants. If the soil is still moist enough to clump together, then you don't need to water yet. Here are a few good practices that will allow you to use less water overall.

  • Water after the sun goes down to reduce evaporation
  • Apply water directly to the ground rather than sprinkling it overhead. (Water that falls on the plants' leaves will just evaporate.)
  • Don't water when it's windy. (Some water will blow away.)

Conserving water is best for your wallet and for the environment. Try switching your faucets and shower heads, amending your cleaning practices, and watering your plants more judiciously today. For more water-saving tips, talk to a plumber in your area.

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