9 Ways to Improve Water Efficiency

9 Ways to Improve Water Efficiency

1 – Turn Off the Tap While Brushing Your Teeth

Why it’s worth the effort: Brushing your teeth seems like a quick job, but before you know it, four gallons of water may have slipped down the sink.
Your one-year effect: 2,880 gallons of water saved.


2 – Bring Your Water With You

Why it’s worth the effort: Each one-litre plastic bottle takes seven litres of water to produce. Refilling your own 1 litre bottle uses 1 litre.
Your one-year effect: 577 gallons of water saved.


3 – Buy Recycled-Paper Products

Why it’s worth the effort: Products made from 100 percent recycled paper require much less water in their manufacturing process than those made from scratch. If your family goes through four rolls of paper towels a week, choosing recycled reduces waste & water usage significantly.
Your one-year effect: 637 gallons of water saved.


4 -Install a Water Efficient Shower Head

Why it’s worth the effort: Water Efficient shower heads cut water use in half. If you take a five-minute shower using this type of shower head, it would save enough water in a year to fill a 15-foot swimming pool pool. Plus, you save all the energy that would have gone into heating the shower water. Double bubble.
Your one-year effect: 4,550 gallons of water saved.


5 – Water Your Lawn in the Early Morning or Evening

Why it’s worth the effort: If you water in the middle of the day, evaporation prevents 14 percent of the water from reaching the plants’ roots.
Your one-year effect: 4,524 gallons of water saved.


6 – Water Your Lawn With a Hose, Not a Sprinkler

Why it’s worth the effort: The average single-family home uses double the amount of water outside than inside. Spinklers might be labour saving devices but they can’t tell when the lawn has had a good drink. Watering with a hose is at least twice as efficient.
Your one-year effect: 12,500 gallons of water saved.


7 – Eat One More Vegetarian Meal a Week

Why it’s worth the effort: It takes a lot of water to grow the grain to feed the cow that ultimately produces a hamburger. Replacing just four ounces of beef in your diet a week with a vegetarian option can save more than 3,000 gallons of water.
Your one-year effect: 171,704 gallons of water saved.


8 – Use a Lower Setting on Your Dishwasher

Why it’s worth the effort: It’s almost never necessary to use the normal setting on a dishwasher, or to rinse plates beforehand. The light-wash setting cleans just as well while reducing water use up to 55 percent.
Your one-year effect: 2,860 gallons of water saved.


9 – Install Tap Flow Restrictors

Why it’s worth the effort: Taps account for 15 percent of indoor water use and typically flow at twice the rate they should. Installing flow restrictors in kitchen and bathroom sinks fixes this problem for only a pound or two per sink.
Your one-year effect: 1,000 gallons of water saved.

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