Water Saving Tips for Any Homeowner

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Whether you’re trying to save money or protect the environment–or both–using less water around your home is never a bad idea. Most of us don’t spend much time thinking about how much water we use on a daily basis, so putting some thought around it will likely be eye- opening too.

Saving water doesn’t mean that you need to radically alter your home or your lifestyle. Here are a few simple tips to help you get started:

High-efficiency appliances

The next time you need to replace a major appliance like a washer, refrigerator, or dishwasher, consider choosing an energy efficient model. Not only will you save electricity, you’ll save water as well.

It might also be worth it to do the math on how much you could save by making this change before your appliances reach the end of their lifespans. You can also take advantage of tax credits for energy-saving home improvements.

Fix leaky faucets

A leaking faucet, showerhead, or toilet probably doesn’t rank very high on a list of home projects to work on, especially if the leaks are small and barely noticeable. However, these small leaks add up over time and can lead to big-time water savings.

In many cases, these repairs are pretty simple and should be something you can do on your own without needing to bring in a professional. Save even more water by turning off the faucet completely when it’s not in use.

Reuse water

Yes, that’s right. There are some types of water you do not want to reuse, but other types that are perfectly fine to take on a second life before going down the drain.

For example, you can use a pitcher or container in your kitchen to collect leftover drinking water and use it to boil food when cooking. The water going to a boiling temperature will kill any bacteria leftover from drinking. You can also use it to water plants or rinse fruits and vegetables.

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