Today is World Water Day and is a great time for us to focus on some of the best ways to save money and the planet at the same time.
Tips for saving water in your home:
- Start with the simple things – Quick fixes to your water use such as turning off the tap when you’re brushing your teeth, composting instead of using the water-guzzling garbage disposal, or waiting till your dishwasher is full before you run it can save tens of gallons of water by the end of the week.
- Check for Leaks – A running toilet can waste about 200 gallons of water a day. A great hack for checking leaks is to observe your water meter at the start and end of a 2 hour period while you’re sure no water is being used. If the meter changes even a small amount you probably have a leak in your home.
- Point of Use (POU) Water Heaters – If you’re running the shower for a minute or two to get the water hot, it may be time to upgrade to a Point of Use Water Heater. A central, non-POU Hot-Water Heater pumps your water from the ground floor or basement and will take time to get your hot water where it needs to be. A POU heats your water very near to the shower, sink or bath where the water is used.
In my home in Oregon, I have a POU water heater in my upstairs bathroom. The plumbing run from the water heater in the garage to the upstairs bathroom is about 30 feet and holds about 0.2 gallons of water in the pipes. When I run the hot water tap, run the water till it heats up and then wash my hands for say, 15 seconds, I use about a cup or two of hot water. Without a POU water heater, I would have wasted almost half a gallon of hot water! Most of which will just sit in the pipes losing heat and energy.
- WaterSense – WaterSense is a partnership program by the EPA that seeks to encourage manufacturers and consumers to have more efficient water products that don’t sacrifice on performance! Most utility companies in the United States will offer rebates if you purchase a WaterSense verified product. Check out their Utility Savings calculator and see your annual savings. I think you’ll be surprised how much it pays to start saving the environment.
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