One thing that many homeowners share in common but might not be aware of is wasting water. Believe it or not, it happens more often than you think and can cost a pretty penny if continued.
If you’re looking to conserve water in your home, in an effort to cut back on your overall usage, here are some things to consider:
How am I Wasting Water at Home?
Brushing Your Teeth
When you clean your pearly whites in the morning, do you tend to let the faucet run after you wet your toothbrush? If so, that’s one of the most common ways how homeowners waste water. Sure, it might be convenient to leave it on and help wash away any rouge toothpaste that goes down the drain — but letting the water run is doing more harm than good. Therefore, to conserve some H2O, it’s best to shut the faucet off until you’re ready to rinse.
On average, how long would you say that your showers last? For many, the answer could easily be over 15 minutes. And, sure, there’s no better feeling than standing under your showerhead after a long day at work, but doing so for an extended period (you guessed it) wastes more H2O thank you could have imagined. To avoid doing this, time your showers with either a smartphone or kitchen timer. You’ll want to get in and get out within 10 minutes, but nothing longer than 15.
Using the Dishwasher
Typically, when you run this appliance, do you wait until every square inch is packed with dishes, or do you do a few, small cycles throughout the day? If you opt to do the latter, then that’s not only wasting water, but it’s not helping your unit run efficiently. Every time you plan on running your dishwasher, you’ll want to make sure that you’re filling it up to almost full capacity.
Doing so will not only cut back on the amount of water you’re using for multiple cycles but will even cut back on the number of times you’re using the dishwasher altogether.