- The average home uses 200 gallons of water per day.
- 8% of water wasted is through leaks.
Before we venture outside, let’s double check our basic actions inside to see how much water we can save:
- Turning off the water when brushing your teeth = 4 gallons a water a minute saved.
- Using a timer for a five minute shower or at least striving to reduce your current time in = up to a 1000 gallons a month saved.
- Running the dishwasher and washing machine when completely full = up to 1000 gallons a month saved.
- Fixing leaks and replacing any faucets and toilets with low-flow models = 500 gallons a week saved.
Once outside, consider this for additional water savings:
- Select low water use plants and shrubs = 500 gallons a year saved.
- Using a hose nozzle and turning off when you wash your car = 100 gallons of water saved.
- Watering in the morning = water savings due to evaporation in late, hot afternoons.
- Installing a rain barrel = 600 gallons of water collected after only an inch of rain that falls on a 1000 square foot roof!
Residential irrigation can account for almost 40% of total water usage. Collecting water via a rain barrel is a relatively easy way to offset this consumption and reduce your water bill at the same time. A rain barrel can be connected to the downspout and many have a screen on the top to keep debris, bugs and mosquitoes out as well as spigot at the bottom to quickly fill up a watering can. Plants and gardens appreciate the non-treated or chlorinated water and during those hot, dry spells it is a wonderful, resourceful feeling to be able to water when you need.
We are all in this together and every drop counts.