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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

How To Watch Your Water Consumption


Less than 2% of the Earth's water supply is fresh water, and only 1% is available for drinking. Yet the average American uses 140–170 gallons of water per day! Here's how to cut your water consumption–easily:

1. Shower instead of bathe. Bathing and showering account for 27% of daily water use. A typical bath takes 37 gallons of water. A 5-minute shower? 15–25 gallons. So...enjoy your shower!

2. Cut toilet flushes. You can flush just as often, but use less water by putting a closed container full of water in the tank. Or replace your toilet with one that uses less water. Toilet flushing accounts for the largest amount of water used daily. 

3. Don't leave the water running when brushing your teeth. You'll save 5 gallons!

4. Get an energy-saving washing machine. New designs can save about 20 gallons per load. If you pay for your water, this machine can quickly pay for itself. 

5. Use a car wash. The EPA says washing a car yourself can use up to 500 gallons of water. An efficient car wash uses only 32 gallons–and recycles the water! 

6. Let your grass grow a little longer. It'll hold water better and need less watering.

7. Fix leaks. Check for leaking faucets and running toilets,  as well as outside spigots and hoses. Stopping these leaks can have a huge impact. 

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