Saving water in your home
When the summer heat peaks in July and August, we tend to use our water supply more often; whether it’s to stay hydrated, keep cool with showers or wash clothes and linens. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that your home is using water efficiently. Wasted water during the summer not only affects your water bill, but also your community and surrounding environment.
So, how can you reduce the amount of water that you use indoors this summer? Let’s take a look at a few ways:
Fix your leaks
Dripping faucets, running toilets, leaky showerheads — all of these can combine to pose serious water waste issues in your household. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that leaks in a single home can account for up to 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year. That’s enough to fill an entire swimming pool! A single faucet that leaks one drip per second can account for more than 2,083 gallons wasted.
Fixing leaks is critical to maintaining water conservation in your home, but it has other benefits as well. A leak is a sign that something is broken; the sooner it is fixed, the better chance you have of minimizing a major repair or replacement within your plumbing system.
Install water-efficient products in your home
Another way to take control of how much water you use in your home is by installing water-efficient products. Look for products that have the WaterSense label. An offshoot of the EPA, WaterSense is a national program that has done for water efficiency what Energy Star has done for major appliances. It provides a way for consumers and contractors alike to distinguish water-efficient products. Here are some options you can take advantage of:
- High-efficiency toilets. Each toilet in your home comprises about 30 percent of your water usage. If your toilet was manufactured before 1992, then it is highly inefficient. With a new WaterSense labeled model, you could reduce your water usage to 1.28 gallons per flush or less without sacrificing performance. This is even better than the current federal standard of 1.6 gallons per flush. You can save anywhere between 20 and 60 percent for many homes, which amounts to more than $110 per year in water costs and $2,200 over the lifetime of the toilet.
- Low-flow showerheads. Showering accounts for about 17 percent of water consumption in the average residential household, which is about 40 gallons per day. Standard showerheads use about 2.5 gallons of water per minute, while WaterSense low-flow showerheads cut that by 20 percent to 2.0 gpm. Not only could this save you about 2,900 gallons per year, but it will also substantially cut down on the energy needed to power your hot water supply, about 370 kilowatt hours of electricity per year for the average household.
One of the benefits of using WaterSense products is getting a rebate from Denver Water. At Bell Home Solutions, we work directly with Denver Water to make sure our customers maximize their water conservation and efficiency rebates. While water conservation efforts are typically directed at outdoor water usage, such as irrigation control, it’s important to take your indoor water consumption into account as well.