Conserving Water: Reduce your Environmental Impact

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When it comes to conserving water, small actions can have a big impact. The average household spends up to $500 a year on its water and sewer bill. By making just a few simple changes and using water more efficiently, you could save up to $170 per year.

By reducing household water usage you can not only help reduce the energy required to supply and treat public water supplies, but also can help address climate change. In fact, if one out of every 100 American homes used water-efficient fixtures, we could save about 100 million kilowatts of electricity per year, avoiding 80,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. That is equivalent to removing nearly 15,000 automobiles from the road for one year, or enough to supply more than 43,000 households with electricity for one month.

The bathroom is the best place to conserve water. It’s effortless if you have the right fixtures in place. In the long run, installing these fixtures will save you significant money.

Toilets are one of the main sources of water use in the home, accounting for nearly 30% of an average home’s indoor water consumption. Older, inefficient toilets are a major source of wasted water in many homes. Replacing these toilets with new, efficient models could save nearly 2 billion gallons per day across the country—that’s nearly 11 gallons per toilet in your home every day!

Newer, efficient toilets use 20% less water than the current federal standard, while still providing equal performance. Over the course of your lifetime, you will likely flush the toilet nearly 140,000 times. If you replace older, existing toilets with water-conserving models, you can save 4,000 gallons per year.

These toilets are available at a wide variety of price points and a broad range of styles. EPA estimates that a family of four that replaces its home’s older toilets, saves more than $90 per year in reduced water utility bills, and $2,000 over the lifetime of the toilets, on average. Additionally, in many areas, utilities offer rebates and vouchers that can lower the price of a toilet.

Whether remodeling a bathroom, starting construction of a new home, or simply replacing an old, leaky toilet that is wasting money and water, installing a water-conserving toilet is an option worth considering.

Most of us know we can save water if we turn off the tap while brushing our teeth (as much as 3,000 gallons per year!), but did you know that there are products that will help save water when you turn on the tap too? Faucet accessories (such as aerators) are high-performing, water-efficient items that will help you reduce water use in your home and save you money.

Faucets account for more than 15% of indoor household water use—more than 1 trillion gallons of water across the United States each year. Sink faucets and accessories can reduce a sink’s water flow by 30% or more without sacrificing performance. We could save billions of gallons each year by retrofitting the country’s 292 million sink faucets with water-conserving models.

Depleting reservoirs and groundwater can put water supplies, human health, and the environment at serious risk. Lower water levels can contribute to higher concentrations of natural or human pollutants. Using water more efficiently helps maintain supplies at safe levels, protecting human health and the environment.

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About the Author: Charles Gueli has worked in the construction industry for over 40 years. He invites you to ask questions and take advantage of the resources on www.continuous-home-improvement-help.com, where guidance, information and support are always available.