Monthly water bills aren’t nearly as costly as electricity or internet costs, but it’s always a good idea to save money when you can. Additionally, saving water at home is good for the environment so if you don’t do it for the cost savings, at least do it for the planet. There are actually a lot of easy ways to reduce your water usage that don’t require you to do a whole heck of a lot.
The key here is to simply be mindful. Most unnecessary water usage comes from either not making simple fixes or blatant waste. With this in mind, here are a few easy ways to reduce your water usage.
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3 easy ways to reduce your water usage
1) Stop taking long showers
It is estimated that a 15-minute shower uses 37.5 gallons of water. Unless you are going full-on Kramer from Seinfeld and preparing meals in there, it should take you no more than eight minutes to get clean. And in most cases, five minutes is more than enough time. You are better off heading to the swimming pool if you want to spend a long time in the water.
2) Fix leaks
A drippy faucet or a pipe underneath the sink leaking water can be a massive source of water waste. A lot of times this is happening without you even noticing it. Be sure to check your pipes regularly for any water and monitor all faucets. Just because you don’t hear an annoying drip doesn’t mean your are in the clear. And if you do notice any excess water leakage, be sure to have it fixed right away.
3) Only wash full loads of laundry
Of all the easy ways to reduce your water usage, this just may be the most straight forward. A washing machine uses anywhere between 28 and 41 gallons of water regardless of if it contains a full load or a pair of shirts. Some new models come equipped with sensors that can reduce water usage, but you are still better off only using the washing the machine when it is full.