It is no secret that conserving water is important. What many homeowners don’t realize is that saving water can, in many cases, save them money in addition to helping to preserve our natural resources.
Things like constantly watering the lawn or washing the cars are obvious water wasters. But, beyond those, there are several more subtle changes that we can make in our homes, that can lead to a significant reduction in water usage, as well as significant financial savings.
Some of these changes are as simple as turning off the tap. Whether you are brushing your teeth or shaving, washing your dishes or rinsing fruits and veggies, when you are not using the water, turn it off. Similarly, taking shorter showers and fewer baths can significantly reduce your family’s water consumption. By simply changing our habits, we can affect considerable change, saving water and saving money!
In addition to changing our behavior, repairing damaged appliances, fixing leaks and changing out older and less efficient household appliances will greatly reduce water consumption; and, while it may initially require you to spend money, the changes will usually pay for themselves in a relatively short amount of time. Replacing your dishwasher and washing machine with Energy Star labeled appliances will save water and energy. Other household appliances, such as water heaters and toilets, can also be major water and energy wasters. Newer, more efficient and environmentally conscious models, will reduce your water and energy use and – newer appliances usually work better anyway!
If replacing appliances seems like a bigger project than you are willing to take on just now, there are simpler steps you can take, like installing flow-regulated shower heads and low-flow aerator on faucets. These are inexpensive, easy to install and can make a big difference.
We can all take steps toward conserving our natural resources and protecting our environment. As home-owners, saving water can have a positive impact on our world and our wallets!
Good luck and happy home ownership!!!