Save money by adopting these sustainable water waste solutions

Save money by adopting these sustainable water waste solutions

Did you know that 95 percent of the water that enters our homes goes down the drain?

That is a significant amount of wasted water every day and year. By simply changing your water-use habits in your home, you can make a vast impact on the amount of water you save.

The first step is updating to energy-efficient WaterSense labeled products that not only reduce water consumption, but help you save money. Following are more facts on water waste and the different WaterSense solutions available for your home.

Water waste facts:

  1. The average person in the U.S. uses 140-170 gallons of water every day.
  2. A leaky faucet leads to about 100 gallons of wasted water per day.
  3. The average family uses about 881 gallons of water every week flushing the toilet.
  4. Keeping the faucet running while brushing your teeth wastes about four gallons of water each time you brush.
  5. While older toilets use three to six and a half gallons of water per flush, newer toilets can use as little as one gallon per flush.
  6. Older dishwashers use about 13 gallons of water for each cycle, while newer dishwashers can get the job done in around four gallons.
  7. An estimated 50 percent of water used for landscaping is wasted due to over-watering.
  8. More than a quarter of the clean water in your home is used to flush the toilet.

WaterSense solutions

Fortunately, the EPA’s WaterSense program allows homeowners in the U.S. to easily reduce water use. Simply search for the WaterSense label to find products that are water-efficient. Here are some of the WaterSense products you should consider installing in your home:

  1. Water-Efficient Toilets: The toilet accounts for close to 30 percent of all water used in the home. Per flush, older toilets use up to about six gallons, whereas the water amount used by new toilets is much less at about 1.28 gallons. This translates to a savings of close to 13,000 gallons of water and $110 in utility costs per year, and $2,200 in savings is possible over the lifetime of new toilets.
  2. Water-Efficient Showerheads: Showering accounts for about 17 percent of home water use, or about 40 gallons per day. While typical showerheads use roughly 2.5 gallons of water every minute, WaterSense showerheads use less than two gallons per minute. This allows you to save 2,900 gallons of water every year. On a large scale, families in the U.S. could save over $2.2 billion in utility bills every year by installing WaterSense showerheads
  3. Water-Efficient Faucets & Accessories: Water-efficient faucets and faucet accessories, such as aerators, allow for significant savings in the home. While traditional faucets use 2.2 gallons of water per minute, WaterSense faucets dispense 1.5 gallons per minute or less. This is a reduction in water use of 30 percent, allowing you to save about 700 gallons of water each year.
  4. Irrigation Controllers: While up to 50 percent of water used outdoors is wasted by homeowners, irrigation controllers allow you to drastically reduce outdoor water use. The average home can save 8,800 gallons of water each year by installing a WaterSense labeled irrigation controller.

There are a number of ways you can reduce water waste in your home. By transitioning your home to WaterSense labeled products and adjusting your every-day water-use habits, you will not only reduce water consumption, but save natural resources and money.

About this Experts Contributor: Aaron Gaynor, the 2013 Columbus, Ohio Green Plumber of the Year and Angie’s List Super Service Award winner is the founder of Eco Plumbers and the first Licensed Green Plumber in the state of Ohio. Since 2007, Eco Plumbers has helped Columbus homeowners and the local community by proposing eco-friendly solutions and WaterSense efficiency products that can save energy and hundreds of gallons of water a year. Connect with Eco Plumbers on Google+ and Twitter @TheEcoPlumbers or the company website.

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