By Gene And Katie Hamilton
Americans use an average of 100 gallons of water per person each day, and the typical family spends as much as $500 a year on its water and sewer bill. By using water more efficiently, a family could save about $170 a year. When you lower your water consumption you'll not only save money, you'll help preserve this finite resource for future generations and reduce the energy needed to heat your household's water, and to supply and treat public water supplies. It's not that difficult and don't presume to do everything at once. Slowly, but surely use these ways to conserve water and energy at your house.
- Repair any appliance, toilet or faucet that leaks.
- Look at the temperature of the water heater and reset it by 20 degrees.
- Use your clothes washing machine with cold water.
- Scrape, don't rinse dirty dishes before loading them in the dishwasher. Run it when there's a full load, not partially filled with dishes.
- Defrost food in the refrigerator, not by using water and cook food in as little water as possible.
- Screw on an aerator on the kitchen and bathroom faucets to restrict the flow of water.
- Take a shower instead of a bath.
- When you shave and brush your teeth turn off the faucet.
- Replace an old toilet or showerhead with a low flow model.
- When choosing any new product or appliance that uses water look for the WaterSense label that assures it reduces water consumption.
Related Job Costs:
Install a Shower Hose Bar
Replace a Toilet
Replace a Shower Head
Replace a Kitchen Faucet
Replace a Bathroom Faucet
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For more information about conserving water at home go to www.epa.gov/WaterSense