By Michele Hallahan via Living Green Magazine
Fresh water accounts for less than one percent of all the water on the planet, making it a very precious resource. It is the Achilles heel for every civilization, as there is no life where there is no water. You could say it is the primary infrastructure of our daily lives, but we don’t pay it much thought.
As the U.S. heads into yet another year of drought in many places, it is time to get efficient with our use of water in the home. Water use in America is typically around 180 gallons per day per person. In Ghana it is five gallons per day: We could certainly do more with less.
You can reduce your home water use whether you are in the arid south or water-rich states up north, in order to save money and conserve resources. Once water has been used, it takes a lot of energy to process it in order to bring it back to drinking water quality, so any savings you make also has a positive impact on carbon footprint. Double bonus!
Here are five things you can do to save water at home:
Invest in a low-flow showerhead. Anything lower than 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm) is considered low-flow, according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building standard. A showerhead with 1.25 gpm of flow still feels like a 2.5 gpm shower, thanks to new technology. Reducing flow from 2.5 gpm to 1.25 gpm can save you 12.5 gallons every time you take a 10-minute shower. That’s 50 gallons per day in a household with four people showering daily!
Affix low-flow faucet aerators to every faucet in your home. You can do it yourself for about a buck a piece. They screw on easily. Low flow is considered to be anything below 0.5 gpm, according to LEED. Most faucets flow at about 2 gpm. Reducing your faucet flows to 0.5 gpm can save you up to 21 gallons per day in water.
Reduce your lawn and garden irrigation. Nationwide, irrigation uses more than 7 billion gallons of water a year! Many people over-irrigate their lawns or irrigate at ‘hot’ hours during the day, which can cause plants to lose up to 80 percent of water through evapotranspiration (this is basically how plants perspire). Irrigate your garden only before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m. in order to make sure your thirsty plants get the most from your precious water! Save up to 60 gallons per day by watering wisely.
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Be honest, how conscious are you about the water you use in your home? Tell us in the comments.