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Water Conservation at Home – Simple Ways to Reduce Usage

With droughts, climate change, and other environmental concerns, it’s becoming increasingly important for homeowners to conserve water. Cutting unnecessary water usage saves this precious resource and helps lower costs on your monthly water bills.

Try these easy DIY tips:

Fix Drips and LeaksDripping faucets and leaks may seem minor, but even a leak of just one drop per second wastes nearly 3,200 gallons of water per year. Check fixtures for drips and leaks then fix issues like worn washers and faulty parts as soon as you notice them. Preventing small water escapes makes a big difference.

Install Water Saving Plumbing Fixtures

Older toilets use up to 7 gallons per flush while today’s low-flow models average under 1.6 gallons. Swapping out just one outdated 5-gallon toilet for a new low-flow version saves a family of four 30,000 gallons annually. Install low-flow faucet aerators and showerheads too - cutting usage in half.

Upgrade Irrigation

Systems Sprinkler systems fitted with smart water controllers, drip irrigation for landscaping, and rain sensors that shut off during wet weather can vastly reduce outdoor water usage. Upgrading makes irrigation more efficient tailored to actual weather conditions and plant needs.

Reuse Greywater When Possible

Greywater from sinks, showers, tubs and washing machines makes up 50-80% of residential “waste” water. Reusing uncontaminated greywater for flushing toilets or watering plants reduces water usage by up to 30 percent. Check local codes first.

Install Rain Barrels

Use rain barrels to catch runoff from rooftops and gutters to stockpile free rainwater perfect for irrigating plants, gardens and lawns later. Installing one or more rain barrels provides a ample reserve for outdoor water needs.

Conserving water not only helps the environment stay resilient, but saves homeowners substantially on utility bills too. Follow these handy conservation methods to reduce your household’s water usage. Every gallon counts!

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