Save Water and Money With These Tips

Every year, the news is filled with stories about areas of the country (and elsewhere in the world) that face crippling droughts. As water becomes a more valuable resource, many people are looking for simple and effective ways to reduce the amount that they use on a daily basis. Reducing your water consumption doesn't just help with conservation efforts; it also has the direct benefit of decreasing your utility bills! For these reasons, curbed.com has put together a short list of home upgrades that can help to drastically decrease your water use.

Those Old Toilets Have To Go

Curbed spoke to experts about the biggest water wasters in the average American household, and one item clearly came out on top: old toilets. Toilets account for an estimated 24% of all water used in the typical American household, so even small increases in efficiency yield huge reductions in water usage. While older toilets can use up to 6 gallons of water per flush, newer models often use less than 2! Depending on the jump in efficiency, your new toilet could save you over $100 annually in water bills.

But Don't Stop There

While toilets are the worst water wasters, smaller fixtures like faucets and showerheads can also be responsible for huge amounts of lost H2O. In fact, showers (20% of indoor water used) and faucets (19%) each have great potential for efficiency increases. Just as with toilets, replacing these fixtures throughout your home can result in thousands of gallons of water savings per year. Don't feel like replacing the faucets? Install aerators to curb your consumption without any hassle.

Fixtures Aren't the Only Offenders

Much like toilets, older washing machines and dishwashers are also guilty of sucking down far more water than needed. Washing machines built before 2003 (when regulations limited water use) generally required 23-40 gallons of water per load of clothes; in contrast, some newer models use less than 13. Similarly, older dishwashers use an average of 10 gallons per load, while new models typically use around 6 (with some models using as little as 3.5).

Think Outside the House

Obviously, dumping water outside to water lawns and landscaping is not a very efficient use of a precious resource. Reduce your water consumption by collecting rainwater and planting native plant species that are adapted for your climate!

Learn more by reading the article "Water conservation at home: 6 easy steps to help you save".