Why should we all be thinking about saving water for future generations? Did you know that while the earth is 75% water, only 1% of that water is fit to use? Did you know that our water supply is steadily dwindling? You can save water and money by enacting some simple rules and installing water saving devices around the home. These lifestyle changes and small repairs can save you hundreds of dollars a year on water. Plus why you should visit the EPA Water Sense website.
Did you know that a water saving toilet can save you 3 or more gallons of water per flush? Do you know how to test for toilet leakage? A leaking toilet can cause a major raise in your water bill. Just put a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. If it seeps into the bowl without being flushed, your toilet is costing you money daily. Replace it now with a water saving toilet. They cost no more than a regular toilet and save you buckets of money. Also remember the old saying, “If it's yellow, let it mellow, if it's brown, flush it down.” This lifestyle change eliminates up to 5 flushes a day per person.
Your kitchen faucet
How much water does a dripping kitchen faucet waste in a year? A dripping kitchen faucet wastes over 7 gallons of water a year. That may not sound like much, but when you multiply it by all the dripping faucets in the world, that's a lot of water going down the drain. If your kitchen faucet is leaking, repair or replace it right away. Look for a replacement faucet with the EPA Water Sense label. If your faucet is not leaking and you want to save water, look for an EPA Water Sense aerator. They just twist onto your kitchen faucet to save water and save you tons of money.
There is nothing like a pulsating shower to start your day. You want water and lots of it. You want a virtual rain shower experience. Believe it or not, you can have a shower of power without wasting water. Water saving shower heads are nothing like they used to be. Replace your old shower-head with a water saving model. Once again, look for the EPA Water Sense label. You won't even know the difference. In fact, since it's a new shower-head, it might even give you more power than the old one. I know mine is!
Your yard and garden
Your yard and garden don't need all the water you might think they do. Soil should be dry before watering. If you live in an arid region, use native plants instead of water greedy grass. Although rain barrels are illegal in some places (check regulations for your area), they are an excellent source of water for the yard and garden. You should also remember to water garden plants individually, rather than with a sprinkler. This way your plants get what they need without any water going to waste.
Kids are a major source of water waste. They have no idea what it's like to pay a water bill. They know nothing of our dwindling resources. They just want to play and have fun in the sprinkler, pool, shower or even the kitchen sink. Luckily EPA Water Sense has a special portion of their website just for kids. They can play games, take quizzes and watch videos to educate them about saving water. There is even a section for teachers or parents who want to educate their kids.
What is this EPA Water Sense thing?
As you might have guessed, I've been visiting the EPA Water Sense website. I've also pledged to save water with the We're for Water program. The website has tons of information about saving water and consequently saving money on your water bill. The ideas I've given you here are just a drop in the bucket compared to what you can learn from the EPA website. You'd be surprised how quickly some of the smallest lifestyle changes can add up to big water savings. Is that a faucet I hear dripping? Better get on it.
Portions of this article were previously published by this author on a now closed Yahoo property.