So you think you’re doing your best effort in saving water at home? Here are some tips that you might have missed:
1. How about switching your old toilet with low-flush or better yet a dual-flush toilet which “uses less than 1.3 gallons per flush for solid waste & less than .8 gallon per flush for liquid waste”? Do you know that “home toilets account for almost 30 percent of household water use?” Yup, that’s according to the Environmental Protection Agency. While you’re at it, check your local city hall for any incentives being offered when you replace your older, 3.5 gallon-per-flush water waster.
2. When was the last time you replaced your showerheads? Do you know that “older showeheads use 2.5 or more gallons per minute of water, while the newer ones use as little as 1.5 gallons per minute?” And what about limiting your shower time. Imagine how much water you’re wasting with your 20-minute showers!
3. Do you have the newer, more energy & water-efficient clothes washer? The newer models “can save as much as 20 or so gallons of water per wash!” And again, check your local government or PG&E to check on rebates or other types of incentives which adds to the savings.
4. We’re experiencing a drought in California but how about harvesting rainwater next time we have a downpour. (Hopefully soon!) Use this resource to water your lawns, wash your car (although your local car wash would make better sense since most of them reuse water), fill your swimming pool, etc.
So you think you’re doing enough. With water resource getting scarcer, don’t you think it’s time to seriously think of ways to conserve?