Saving Up By Saving Water
5 easy ways you can conserve water and save a few bucks
With over 2 billion Energy Star-certified products sold in the U.S. since 1992, energy-saving appliances are becoming the rule, rather than the exception. Then, the Environmental Protection Agency—the program's creator—tried to duplicate its success with the water-conserving campaign called WaterSense. First up was a label for toilets that use less than 1.3 gallons per flush—that's 20 percent less water than the 1.6 gallons currently required by federal law. WaterSense plans to set standards for other products, such as washing machines and dishwashers. Until then, follow these five simple steps to make your home more H2O-efficient.
Put a pitcher of drinking water in the fridge; letting the faucet run until water gets cold wastes two gallons per minute.
Fix leaks pronto. One drip per second adds up to 2,700 gallons a year.
Need help? Check out How to Repair a Dripping Single-Handled Cartridge Faucet and How to Repair a Dripping Two-Handled Stem Faucet.
Or, avoid unnecessary flushing. Don't use your toilet as a trash bin. Every unnecessary flush equals 1.6 gallons of wasted water.