Even More Ways To Save Water Inside Your House.


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Courtesy of the environmental division of my city, here are a few more ways to save water around your house and how much water you can save by doing each one. Do your part, water is more crucial than oil!

Run the dishwasher only when it is full – savings of 2.5 gallons per load.

Turn off the water when washing dishes – savings of 2.5 gallons per minute.

Turn off the water when brushing your teeth – savings of 2 gallons per minute.

Shorten your showers – savings of 2.5 gallons per minute.

Don’t use your toilet as a wastebasket – savings of 2 gallons per flush.

Wash only full loads of clothing – savings 15 – 50 gallons per load.

Fix leaky toilets – savings of 30 – 50 gallons per day per toilet.

Fix leaky faucets – savings of 15-20 gallons per day per leak.

Install aerators with flow restrictors on all sink faucets – savings of 5 gallons per day.

Replace older, inefficient washing machines (don’t forget the rebates!) – savings of 20 – 30 gallons per load.

Replace older, high-volume flushing toilets – savings of 2 – 4 gallons per flush.

Imagine if you were able/had to do some of the above…that’s a lot of water to be saved in each household!

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  1. According to the “experts”, that depends on the age. If your toilet is within 5 years old, you are probably better off keeping it as it is probably a lower flush toilet anyway. As for washers, they get more and more efficient every year, so it is hard to keep up. Supposedly (I haven’t had to do it yet) manufacturers do recycle and dispose properly of any appliances that get turned in, so that is good news. My mom’s washer is about the same age as me and I keep telling her it’s ok to get a new one because of the amount of water and energy she is wasting!

    Really, an older toilet can be made “low flow” by putting a bottle of water or stones in the filling tank to take the place of some of the water each time you flush. A washing machine, on the other hand, gets less and less efficient every year, and there really isn’t anything you can do to make it better.

  2. Thanks for your reply! Our washing machine isn’t the newest water saving type but it isn’t real old either. It came with the house. Our toilet is really old though so I think it is time for an upgrade since we are redoing the bathroom anyhow.

  3. Sure Hilary…toilets are pretty cheap and the new ones save a lot of water. If you can, try to see if you can find a “dual flush” model…one for #1 and one for #2 🙂

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