The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the average American uses over 100 gallons of water per day—more than twice that of our European counterparts. While it’s simple to curb some practices, such as watering your lawn or washing your car, the top water wasters in your home may be hiding in plain sight. It’s important to learn which practices waste the most water in your home, both to conserve water and protect your pocketbook from outrageously high water bills.
Mr. Rooter of Santa Cruz has compiled this list of the top four water wasters that could be costing you:
Responsible for nearly a quarter of your home’s yearly water usage, toilets should be your first stop when it comes to decreasing your water usage. While even an eco-friendly toilet still uses quite a bit more water than the other items on this list, switching to a low-flow model can save you gallons of water with every flush. In addition, inspect your valves and flapper frequently to ensure your toilet isn’t leaking water into the bowl after a flush.
Even a drip from a leaky faucet can cost you gallons of water over an extended period. Ensure you tightly close your faucet each time you’re finished and address any drips as soon as possible to prevent excess water loss. In addition, consider adding an aerator to your faucet to reduce water flow and water usage for the whole family.
- Baths and Showers
Bathtubs can use more than 30 gallons of water per bath, making them by far the less economical bathing choice. Showers are far better, and you can ramp up the water and cost savings by installing a low-flow showerhead. Better yet, prevent further water usage by turning off the shower while you lather up your shampoo, and ensure the tap closes fully when it’s time to get out.
By far the sneakiest water waster on the list, even the tiniest leak can cost you gallons of water—and a lot of money—each year. Keep a close eye on your water usage and watch for leaks if you notice a spike. If you see a leak, contact Mr. Rooter of Santa Cruz as soon as possible. Our expert team will repair your leak quickly and effectively, returning your water usage to normal.