It may seem impossible, but it’s sadly true – according to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American uses 100 gallons of water per day. That means a family of four goes through 400 gallons of water in 24 hours!
With water becoming more and more precious, countless families are looking after our planet’s future by reducing their water usage and waste. How are you using 100 gallons of water per day, and how can you cut down? Read on to find out!
- Your Toilet – Standard issue toilets in modern homes use nearly 1.6 gallons of water PER FLUSH. And if you live in an older home, the numbers are terrifying – 3.5 to 7 gallons of water per flush. That’s an absurd amount of water per day. On average, 26.7% of your daily water usage is solely from flushing the toilet.So how can you cut down? It’s not like you can simply stop using the toilet altogether. But, you can upgrade to more water-efficient models. Toilets with a WaterSense label from the EPA use 1.2 gallons of water per flush or less. And always check your plumbing for leaks! A leaky toilet can waste a mighty 200 gallons of water per day.
- Your Shower – You’ve always been told to take shorter showers, and for good reason. A typical showerhead uses 2.5 gallons of water per minute. In addition, energy is burned to heat your water, so those hot showers cost you in water and on your energy bill. In all, about 16.8% of your daily water usage comes from the shower alone.You can also replace your showerheads for a WaterSense-labeled product. By switching to an environmentally friendly showerhead, your family can save nearly 2,900 gallons of water per year! That’s quite a cut to the monthly bill.
Also, only take a shower when you need to – many people take showers every other day if they’re not exercising. This also helps your body produce oils at a natural level.
- Your Faucet – No big surprise here. Bathroom faucets in current homes typically run at about 2 gallons per minute, depending on the strength of the faucet. If you’re using hot water when you shave or wash your face, the cost goes up considerably. Your faucets account for approximately 15.7% of your daily water usage.As always, check for leaks. Leaky faucets can waste hundreds of gallons of water per week. And consider replacing older faucets for more conservation-minded options. Whatever you do, DON’T keep the water running when you’re not using it! Turning the faucet off when you’re brushing your teeth or shaving can save 200 gallons of water per month.
Making these few simple adjustments can help your family conserve 20 to 30 percent of your water usage starting now. Water is a precious resource, so act today to safeguard your children’s future.