Just the facts…
You’ve probably heard plenty of general facts and figures when it comes to the value of water conservation. But, not everyone backs these generalities up with actual numbers, or with the fact that there are two ways to save.
First, and what most people probably are probably most interested in, is the fact that you’ll save money. Utilities go down with water conservation, and depending on the conservation method, these costs can go down significantly.
Second, you can save water itself. Water conservation practices help to save water, which can be more valuable than money in the long term. We don’t often realize just how much water we use on a daily basis, and how conservation can help. So, let’s take a closer look at a few common ways in which we use water, and how we can save in more ways than one.
Saving Water in Subtle Ways
Things like our conservation kits are great ways to improve your water savings. But, you can also make subtle, daily changes that end up making a big difference. On average, every one of us uses about 50 gallons of water a day. There are more obvious ways in which we waste it, such as long showers, washing dishes, washing clothes, etc. But, it also comes from things like frequent toilet flushing, leaky faucets, and outdated plumbing fixtures.
By making a few small changes, you can make a big impact in how much water you save on a daily basis. For example, simply turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth or shave could save over 10 gallons of water a day!! Additionally, taking shorter showers or only filling up the tub halfway could save 15 gallons a day!!!.
Finally, making sure you don’t have any leaks and installing water-saving appliances can save you hundreds of gallons of water each year. None of these changes have to be overwhelming or take a lot of time.
In reality, it just takes a bit of thought and a few adjustments.
How Much Money Could I Be Saving?
Even though we’re all concerned about the environment, most people want to see savings in their bank account, too.
The good news?
The more water you conserve on a daily basis, the better that bank account will start to look. Most of us rely on a public water source, and for every gallon we use, more money gets tacked onto a monthly bill.
The average cost per gallon of water for a home in the United States is around 15 cents. It may not seem like much, but considering it can take up to six gallons of water just to flush a toilet, the cost starts to add up fairly quickly.
By using some of the tips above, as well as keeping your plumbing up to date, you could be reducing your utility bill as well as your environmental footprint. You can even make a ‘game’ out of your savings by adding up how many gallons you use, figuring out the cost per gallon, and trying to get that number lower and lower each month.
When it comes right down to it…
Water conservation on a grand scale is incredibly important. But, it starts at home. Take comfort in knowing even the smallest changes can have a large impact.