Top 10 Ways To Save Water & Money

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Ten simple ways to use less water and save money.

• Eco Friendly: DIY • Eco Friendly: How-To • Eco Friendly: Tips & Tricks

Turn Off The Faucet
An average bathroom faucet uses around 2 gallons of water per minute. Turn these off when brushing teeth or shaving. It's the easiest way to save water!

Upgrade Your Toilet
Older toilets can use as much as 3.5 to 7 gallons per water per flush (source: EPA). Modern toilets use less than 1.5 gallons per flush. Dual flush toilets are even more efficient. They let you choose to flush with a small amount of water for fluids or larger amounts for solids.

Low Flow? I Don't Like The Sound Of That!
An average shower head uses 2.5 gallons of water per minute (GPM). Low flow models can use around half that at 1.25 GPM. Modern low flow shower heads now provide plenty of water pressure.

Use A Dishwasher, Properly
When washing dishes, use a dishwasher. Modern dishwashers use far less water to wash a load of dishes than you'd use by hand. To save even more water, scrape food off plates before putting them in the dishwasher. Only run the dishwasher when it is full.

Use A High Efficiency Washer
An average family in America washes over 250 loads of laundry every year. Consider uploading to a front loading washer which usually uses less water than a top loader. Only buy Energy Star certified machines.

Five Minute Showers
Time your showers and try to shower in less than five minutes each time. For many, a shower takes 2 or 3 times longer than this goal and wastes a lot of water. Not only a shorter shower save more water, it will also save energy as your hot water heater won't have to heat as much water.

Capture Rainwater
Try capturing rain water and use it to water your plants or garden. Rain barrels are an easy way to capture rain from gutters and many come with spouts that a hose can hook up to.

Remove Lawns
When you think about it, lawns are often unnecessary. They're also costly and a pain to maintain with watering, mowing, fertilizing, and so on. So why not remove it? There are many alternatives that use little to no water. Gravel is one example. Love that green look? Then try a "fake" lawn instead. These do not need maintenance, watering, or mowing and look great year-round.

Fix Leaks
Leaks can account for hundred of gallons of wasted water every day. A running toilet alone can lose around 200 gallons of water per day. Fix running toilets, leaks, and drips.

Use A Smart Irrigation System
A weather based "smart irrigation system" is connect to the Internet and can track weather conditions. These systems can see if it's raining now, if rain is coming, or if it recently rained and adjust as needed. Why water your lawn or garden if mother nature can do it for you?