Think You’re Eco-Friendly? 4 Water-Wasting Habits Nearly Everyone Has

You may think that you’re being careful about your water usage. Some of the everyday things that you do around your home may be consuming more water that you think. Here are some of the water wasting habits that you may not be aware of in your home.

Baths Versus Showers

The typical shower uses less water than taking a bath. If you think about it, this makes a lot of sense. Consider the size of your bathtub and the level that you use when you take a bath. A small bathtub uses around 40 gallons of water to fill. The standard home bathtub is around 100 gallons. Some tubs will even hold upwards of 200 gallons of water. If you shower for eight minutes, you’re using around 17 gallons of water during that timeframe.

Frequent Flushing

Most toilets are terribly inefficient when it comes to their water usage. These older models use anywhere from three to seven gallons every time you flush them. One solution is to flush your toilets less frequently. This method may not work very well in your household. Another solution is to replace your old toilet with a newer model. These newer toilets use less than two gallons of water per flush. A high efficiency model uses even less water.

The Time of Day

Maintaining your landscaping is another area that may be generating a lot of waste in your household. The time of day that you water makes an impact on your total water consumption and the appearance of your lawn. Watering in either the early morning or late evening hours will provide the most benefit to your plants. More water will get to the roots and be retained there. This will enable you to have to water less frequently to keep your landscaping in good shape.

Getting Dishes Clean

How you get your dishes clean makes a difference for your water consumption. On average, you consume 20 gallons of water to wash your dishes by hand. This number would increase if you left the water running. The average dishwasher uses less than 10 gallons of water per load. Your household may not even have to run the dishwasher every day. This would equate to more water savings over the life of your dishwasher. Some newer models of dishwashers are receiving accolades for being even more eco-friendly.

There are lots of other things that you do around your home that may be using more water than is necessary. Start saving water by employing some of these tips.

Hannah Whittenly, the author of this post, is a guest blogger.

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