Moving into a new home can be stressful but so are high water bills and water shortages. In some parts of the country, water conservation is extremely important and you might not know what the new rules are in your new community. According to the EPA, the average American household uses more than 300 gallons of water per day, 70% of which occurs indoors. Here are four ways to save water in your new home:
Stopping leaks is a great way to ensure you’re not using more water than you think you are. Check for running toilets, facets and pipe leaks, and outdoor water hookups. A toilet leak alone can waste more than 100 gallons of water a day.
Some states get so hot in the summer that you’re tempted to water your yard everyday but those same states have a strict watering schedule ordinance in place. Typically they’re mailed to each residence but if you missed it because you’re new to town, check out your city’s website for the official schedule. If your city doesn’t have current restrictions, consider following a staggered schedule and reserve watering times to early morning or evenings.
Whether you have plans to remodel your new home or not, it’s important to install water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors. Regular shower heads use about 5-10 gallons of water a minute whereas the new showerheads use about 2.5-3 gallons. You can also install low flush toilets, which use 1-2 gallons per flush instead of up to 5 gallons.
This is an extremely low-cost tactic. Try turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth, rinsing vegetables, washing dishes and shaving. This also applies to washing your car outside. The less time you have the hose or faucet running, the more water you will conserve.