The news can seem pretty alarmist for most people, as reports flood in from televisions and radios regarding climate change. Most scientists believe that the biggest factors in climate change are human-caused; we have seriously impacted the way our world functions, and that impact has not always been positive. One way people have negatively affected our planet is through excessive resource use, and now we must go “green” if we’re to conserve what we have. Everyone contributes to our use and waste, and if we all work together to reduce everyday resource use, we can easily help save hundreds, or even thousands, of gallons of water a year.
The average American family of four uses about 400 gallons of water a day. It’s easy to underestimate just how many gallons are running down the drain and back out to the city sewage system, but when you take a closer look, you will see how much water you waste and how simple it is to save.
Here are three places in your home where you waste the most water – and three simple ways to reduce such waste.
The Bathroom: The bathroom easily takes the cake as the place with the most water waste. We send water down the drain every time we shower, wash our hands and faces, brush our teeth and flush the toilet. It may come as a surprise, but on average, we use more water showering than we do running faucets; faucets account for nearly 16 percent of all household water use, while showers contribute nearly 17 percent. One easy way to cut back on water use in the bathroom is by installing a water-saving showerhead and bathroom aerator for your sink faucet. Both quick additions will cut back significantly on water use, saving you money in the long run, and are affordable and easy to install. A high-efficiency shower head costs about $20, while a bathroom aerator can be as cheap as $5.
The Kitchen: The kitchen is where we convene, cook and clean. It’s a central hub of any home and it’s quite easy to ignore how much water we use when we turn our kitchen faucets on and off. However, much like in the bathroom, you can quickly, cheaply and easily install a faucet aerator. Aerators simply break up a single stream of water into multiple smaller, more efficient streams, reducing the amount of water released without reducing water pressure.
The Laundry Room: Laundry machines account for more than 20 percent of household water use overall. It may seem difficult to cut back on the amount of water you use to wash laundry, but there are ways to do so. The best advice is to avoid washing clothes unless you have a full load to do. If you only have a few clothes to wash, consider offering to do other family members’ laundry, too – you’ll save resources and be popular in your household!
While water-saving devices are just the first step to making your home green, doing so can save money, conserve resources and give back to the planet positively.
Caleb is a home improvement expert who emphasizes green and eco-friendly products. He believes these items can easily be integrated into a modern, attractive home to save resources and money on utility bills. He hopes the information provided here will help readers see the ways in which they can make Earth-conscious changes in their homes.
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