3 Common Ways Water is Wasted at Home
One small practice that many homeowners tend to overlook is ways to save water around their homes. The reason why it’s important to cut back on your H2O usage is that not only will it help keep your monthly utility bills low, but saving water can also help prevent pollution in nearby bodies of water (i.e., lakes).
Knowing this, here are some of the most common ways homeowners waste water and solutions on how to cut back on H2O waste altogether.
1. Washing Your Car
Are you looking to bathe your vehicle? If so, you may consider washing your car in your driveway. While there’s nothing wrong with putting in a little TLC to make it sparkle and shine, you could be using much more water than you realize — which isn’t something to take lightly.
On average, if a homeowner keeps the hose running while lathering up their vehicle, they can waste over 140 gallons of water. In a conscious effort to prevent this from happening, consider filling up a bucket with H2O and shut the hose off.
2. Running Half-Loads of Dishes
If you have a dishwasher in your home, you know that there’s no greater joy than not having to scrub your dishes every night (farewell, pruney fingers)! However, with luxury also comes water waste — more often than not, many homeowners will only run partial loads of dishes in their appliances. While this might seem like a great idea, it’s quite detrimental to your utility bills.
Standard dishwashers use about 10 gallons of water per load — and when the appliance is half-full, you’ll be wasting more H2O than you think. In addition to water waste, the average cycle of a dishwasher uses about 1.58 kWh of power.
To help combat this, only run your dishwasher on full loads — and if you have something that can’t wait to be washed, consider giving it a scrubbing by hand.
3. Ignoring Plumbing Leaks
Did you know that the average household’s leaks waste about 10,000 gallons of H2O per year? More often than not, this is because homeowners either don’t have leaks repaired (i.e., a leaking faucet) or do not know that leaks are present in their home.
In a conscious effort to help cut back on water waste, always have leaks repaired the right way — no matter how big or small they may be. Additionally, if you feel as if you might have a leak present in your home but aren’t sure where it might be stemming from, don’t continue to ponder about it — contact your plumber to get to the root of the problem right away.
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