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    Easy Ways to Reduce Your Water Footprint

    Posted by Lauren Parker on Jan 14, 2019 3:05:23 PM
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    infographic-03-02Have you ever stopped to consider which household activity consumes the most water?

    Is it laundry? Landscaping? Lawn maintenance?
    Toilet flushing? Washing dishes?
    Showers and baths?

    Would it surprise you to learn that toilet flushing is actually the water hog on this list?


    According to the Water Footprint Calculator, toilet flushing uses an average of 33 gallons of water a day. Showers use an average of 28 gallons a day, and washing machines use an average of 23. You can see the full chart of daily water use per household below:

    Fortunately, saving water around the house is easier now than ever. Switching to water-saving fixtures and appliances can reduce indoor water use by 20%. For example, conventional top-loading washing machines use approximately twice as much water (about 40 gallons of water per load, compared to around 20 for front-loading machines, and require twice the energy to heat, too). Of course, installing new appliances is just one of the many home maintenance projects House Manager can help with!

    A great place to start is the EPA's WaterSense website, which lists a variety of water-saving products from showerheads to low-flush toilets. Below is the EPA’s complete list of helpful tips for saving water around the house:

    Fix a leak:
    Small household leaks can add up to gallons of water lost every day. That's why WaterSense reminds Americans to check their plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems each year in March during Fix a Leak Week.

    In the bathroom—where over half of all water use inside a home takes place:
    • Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing teeth.

    • Showers use less water than baths, as long as you keep an eye on how long you've been lathering up. Learn tips on how to Shower Better.

    • If you’re dreaming of a Better Bathroom, get ready for your mini-makeover.

    • Calculate how much you can save with WaterSense labeled products in the bathroom!

    In the kitchen—whip up a batch of big water savings:
    • Plug up the sink or use a wash basin if washing dishes by hand.

    • Use a dishwasher—and when you do, make sure it's fully loaded!

    • Scrape your plate instead of rinsing it before loading it into the dishwasher.

    • Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool.

    • Thaw in the refrigerator overnight rather than using a running tap of hot water.

    • Add food wastes to your compost pile instead of using the garbage disposal.

    In the laundry room—where you can be clean AND green:
    • Wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate water level or load size selection on the washing machine.

    • To save money on your energy bills, set your washing machine to use cold water rather than hot or warm water.

    Topics: sustainable home ownership


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