However, for less than $20, you can reduce your water use to 21/2 gpm or less by installing a low-flow shower head.
This is a 25-75% savings without sacrificing the quality of your shower!
To check the flow rate of your existing shower head, turn the shower on all the way and see how long it takes to fill a one -gallon plastic milk jug (you may have to cut a piece of the neck off the jug so it will fit over the shower head.), or a one -gallon bucket.
If your shower head fills a one-gallon container in less than 15 seconds, it is using more than 4 gallons per minute of water.
Make plans to replace high water use shower heads with more efficient high-performance models. There are many excellent shower heads on the market. Your local hardware or plumbing-supply store is a good source. When buying a shower head, be sure that it delivers no more than 2 1/2 gallons per minute; 1 1/2 to 2 gpm is even better.
In the shower, turn the water on to get wet; turn it off to lather up; then back on to rinse off. Repeat when washing your hair.
Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes. You’ll save up to 1000 gallons a month.
To save water and time, consider washing your face or brushing your teeth while you shower.
Never pour water down the drain when there may be another use for it such as watering a plant or garden.
Kitchen sink disposals require lots of water to operate properly.
Try to do one thing each day that will result in saving water. Don’t worry if the savings are minimal — because every drop counts!
Consider buying High Efficiency!
A washing machine is the second largest water user in your home, with toilets being first.
Since 1994, only 1.6 gallon toilets are manufactured in the United States. This means that most new homes already have a low flow toilet. If your home is more than 5 years old, the chances are your toilet is using more water than necessary and could operate on a lot less. To lower the amount of water used for each flush, your need to displace water in the toilet tank.
Place toilet dams in the tank. Toilet dams are placed towards the sides and around the flushing mechanisms of the tank. They hold back water and prevent it from leaving the tank. Dams can be purchased at your local hardware store.
Use pop bottles or a plastic jug to displace the water in your tank so that there is less water flowing into the bowl. Fill the bottle with water or place rocks in the bottom of the container for weight. Choose a container that will best fit in the space in your toilet tank without interfering with the flushing mechanism.
Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other similar waste in the trash, rather than the toilet.
Plug the bathtub before turning the water on, then adjust the temperature as the tub fills up.
Teach your children to turn the faucets off tightly after each use.
When adjusting water temperatures, instead of turning water flow up, try turning it down. If the water is too hot or cold, turn the offender down rather than increasing water flow to balance the temperature.
Run full loads only.
A typical dishwasher uses between 8 and 15 gallons per load of dishes with an average of about 9.3 gallons per load.
Running a full load of dishes should save water over washing the same dishes by hand.
Many newer dishwashers require little or no advance rinsing of dishes. Some manufacturers now offer high-efficiency dishwasher models. These dishwashers use less water and energy. A high-efficiency dishwasher can wash a load of dishes using 5 to 7 gallons of water.
A family that replaces a 12-gallon per load machine with a 6-gallon per load machine and runs their dishwasher 4 times per week will save about 1,250 gallons of water per year. Take advantage of the conserving benefits of your dishwasher!
Stem the flow.
Use a hose nozzle when washing cars to save water.
Next, go outside and check the reading on your meter. After an hour, check the meter again. If it has not moved then there are no leaks. If is has, check each fixture, faucet and appliance, one by one. Be sure to also look for any telltale puddles or wet spots on floors or ceiling. A leak within a wall or under a floor, left unattended, could result in serious structural damage over a period of time. If you still can’t find the leak in the house you can step up your investigation and try to determine if a leak is outside the house.
Then, make sure no one uses any water for at least an hour. That means do not use any sinks or faucets, inside or out, and no toilet flushing.
First, turn off all appliances that use water such as washing machines, ice-makers, and faucets.
First, you will need to turn the water off where it enters your home. Note the reading on the water meter and then take a break. Later, check the meter again and see if the reading has changed. If the reading has changed then you have found the leak. If it hasn’t, then you may need to call a plumber and have them determine if you have a leak.
By taking a little time to get to the bottom of your rising water bill, you could save a lot of money.
Know how to turn your water supply off at any time. This will save water and reduce the damage to your home.
Conserve and save.
Be aware of and follow all water-conservation and water-shortage rules and restrictions, which may be in effect in your area.
Create an awareness of the need for water conservation among children.
Start a compost pile as an alternate method of disposing of food waste, instead of using a garbage disposal. Garbage disposals also can add 50% to the volume of solids in septic tanks, which can lead to malfunctions and maintenance problems.
Support efforts and programs that create a concern for water conservation among tourists and visitors to our state.
Make sure your visitors understand the need for, and benefits of, water conservation.