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3 Tips to Reduce Water Usage and Save Money

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American family spends over $1,000 on water costs each year. However, there are simple ways to reduce costs. This blog will share how a household can reduce water usage and save money on water bills.

Installing Water Saving Plumbing Fixtures

eco-friendly plumbing fixturesWater-saving plumbing fixtures are a great way to save both water and money. Some examples of these fixtures include low-flow showerheads, dual-flush toilets, and touchless faucets. Low-flow showerheads reduce the amount of water used in a shower while still providing good water pressure like traditional showerheads.

Dual-flush toilets offer two flushing options, one for liquids and the other for solids. This helps to conserve much more water than traditional single-flush toilets by allowing users to choose the appropriate flush for their needs. Touchless faucets also save water because they only run when needed, and the water is mixed with air to save water while maintaining good water pressure. This does more than help with the water conservation effort; it also saves money.

Practicing Mindful Water Consumption Habits

Here are some easy water-saving habits that people can practice every day:

  • Take shorter showers.
  • Turn off the tap while brushing teeth, shaving, and washing dishes by hand.
  • Only run the washing machine and dishwasher when they are full.
  • Promptly fix any leaks.
  • Water the lawn early in the morning.

These good habits can conserve significant amounts of water and save homeowners money because they add up quickly. Just by turning off the faucet when brushing one’s teeth, someone can save 8 gallons of water daily.

Only Flushing Toilet Paper

watch what you flushThe EPA notes that only one thing should be flushed down the toilet: toilet paper. Anything else risks causing a clog––or, worse, polluting the ocean. Toilet clogs can cause significant water waste that is easily avoidable, and polluting the ocean should be avoided at all costs. Homeowners should avoid flushing these items down the toilet to prevent a clog:

  • Menstruation products
  • Plastic, such as candy wrappers
  • Cotton balls, Q-tips, and bandaids
  • Paper towels, napkins, and tissues
  • Wipes (even ones that claim to be “flushable”)
  • Diapers
  • Medications (either in pill or liquid form)
  • Toxic chemicals, like motor oil

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