No matter how energy-efficient you think you are, chances are you’re wasting water and money in the bathroom. Half of every household’s water usage occurs in the bathroom, so choosing “greener” ways to use water can save thousands of gallons of water a year! Changing your fixtures and your behavior are easy and relatively inexpensive.
- Invest in a low-flow or dual flush toilet. Toilets use lots of water, so replacing a 3.5-gallon model with a 1.6-gallon model can reduce toilet water use by 54%.
- Low-flow showerheads can cut water usage by 25 – 60%! Select one with a flow rate of less than 2.5 gallons per minute for maximum efficiency.
- The aerator on your faucet determines the maximum faucet flow rate, so switching from one that allows 2.5 gallons per minute to one that allows just .5 gallons per minute can save lots of water.
- Use a bath bucket to collect water for re-use. The part of your shower that wastes the most water is when you’re waiting for the shower to heat up. Instead of wasting that water, put a bucket in the shower and use that water for watering plants or cleaning.
- Turn the water off when you brush teeth and/or shave. It’s a great way to conserve hundreds of gallons of water – and easy behavior to teach kids.
- Take shorter showers. Cutting your usual shower time in half can save thousands of gallons of water per year.
- Don’t use toilet to dispose of tissues or other waste. Each flush uses gallons of water.
- Check for leaks. Leaky toilets or faucets can waste up to 20 gallons of water each day!