A leaking faucet may seem like a minor annoyance, but it can waste a lot of water, causing an increase in your water bill. To conserve this valuable resource and save money on your monthly utility costs, here are a few easy ways to save water at home.

Save Water Using Eight Simple Tips

1. Repair Leaks

According to the EPA, a faucet that drips 60 drops per minute can waste over 3,000 gallons of water annually. That’s the equivalent of the water required to take over 180 showers. Don’t neglect minor leaks. Check for dripping faucets and leaking pipes around your home. Make repairs as soon as possible to conserve water and save money.

2. Reduce Shower Time to Save Water at Home

Long showers are relaxing. However, they consume a lot of water. The average shower lasts eight minutes, and standard showerheads use 2.5 gallons of water per minute. That’s equivalent to 20 gallons of water for the average shower. Taking shorter showers reduces this amount significantly and saves water and money.

3. Install a Water-Saving Showerhead

Reducing shower times is an excellent way to conserve water. However, you can take it further by installing a water-saving showerhead. Unlike regular showerheads that use about 2.5 gallons of water per minute, water-saving models use less than 2 gallons per minute without compromising water pressure.

4. Don’t Let the Tap Run

Turn the faucet off while you’re washing your hands, brushing your teeth, or shaving. Use water to wet your hands or face or moisten your toothbrush and then turn it off. You’ll save several gallons every time you wash up.

5. Purchase Water-Efficient Appliances

If you’re upgrading your washing machine or dishwasher, look for water-efficient appliances with the WaterSense label. WaterSense certified appliances use 20 percent less water while still performing as well as regular models.

6. Save Water at Home by Composting

If you have a home garden, start a compost pile. Composting food waste can replace your in-sink garbage disposal that consumes a lot of water. Plus, composting provides nutrients for the plants in your garden and improves your soil.

7. Don’t Overwater Your Lawn

Well-watered, healthy grass can boost your curb appeal. However, don’t increase the utility bill by overwatering your lawn. Water in the early morning, so you don’t lose water due to evaporation. Install low-flow sprinkler heads that are more efficient than regular sprinkler heads.

8. Reuse Water Whenever Possible

Repurposing water is one of the best no-cost ways to save water. For instance, place a bucket in the shower while you’re waiting for the water to warm up. You can repurpose the water to water your plants or mop the floors.

Small changes make a big difference. Use these simple tips to save water and reduce your water bill. Call a professional if you notice an unusual surge in your water bill despite your water conservation efforts.

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