Every little counts, especially when it comes to saving. A friend of mine used to tell me a story how little additional efforts multiply over time and at the end make a huge difference.
He was frustrated with the very little progress he made in his golf courses. He even considered quitting, when his golf teacher approached. He calmly asked what’s wrong and nodded with understanding. ‘See son, said the teacher. Imagine that you improve your golf swing with only one percent each week. It will be 2 percent in week 2, 5% by the end of the month and by the whopping 60% by the end of the year. You might not notice your small improvement but if you look at the whole picture, it is evident that your efforts are transforming who you are and what you are doing.
For immediate and HUGE water savings we highly recommend replacing the old and high water-used appliances with newer and highly efficient ones. This is good both for the environment and for your wallet. However this might require a higher initial investment which pays off over time.
Some states offer rebate programs and your can change your old fixtures for very little money. Make sure to check what is currently offer in your state or county.
- High efficiency toilet
Replacing your old toilet flusher can save your family up to 22,000 gallons of water per year. Older models use 1.6 to 7 gallons of water per flush. The newer models flush with 20%+ less water than the standard 1.6 gallons per flush. Many models utilize 2 types of flush – use the lower one whenever possible.
- Use low-flow showerhead
If you switch to the latest high efficiency shower heads you will save thousands of gallons of water per year. The newer models provide the same shower quality using special technologies to save water. The good news is that you can change yours for free! Contact your local water utility to check what programs are currently available.
- Use kitchen faucet aerators
Another way to help reduce water is use these handy devices. Also – remember to switch the water off when you are brushing your teeth. This is at least 10 gallons of water saved each morning!
- Use garden spray nozzles and automatic switch offs
Reducing the water spent in the backyard is an instant win. Make sure to install good garden spray nozzles with an automatic shut off.
- Use high-efficient clothes washers
Up to $200 rebates are available for the purchase of new clothes washer. They can reduce the water spending by 20-40%. Potential savings are more of 7,000 gallons of water annually
- Use high efficiency dishwashers
Stop washing the dishes by hand. Not only most of us hate this task, but it is also consuming much more water than it should. Efficient dish washers only use 3-4 gallons of water per wash. Amazing, isn’t it? A device that pays to own!