Saturday, May 15, 2010

Turn Off The Tap!

Are you one of those people who lets the water continue running when brushing your teeth, shaving, taking a shower or washing the dishes? According to the Environmental Protection Agency “The average bathroom faucet flows at a rate of two gallons per minute.”

You can save water and energy by making a few minor changes to your daily routine. Up to eight gallons of water per day is saved if turning off the tap when brushing your teeth in the morning and night. That also means a savings of 240 gallons of water saved in one month, and annual water savings of 2,920 gallons!

When taking a shower, how many minutes does it take you? When taking a 10-minute shower, you use around 60 gallons of water using an old showerhead; however, if you switch to a low-flow showerhead, you use about 2 ½ gallons of water per minute, and save 35 gallons of water.

Replacing all kitchen and bathroom faucets in your home with aerator faucets that have pause valves can significantly help save water and energy. Kitchen aerator faucets costs around $8-$10 and save about 30% in water and energy use, while ones for the bathroom cost $2-$5 and save 55%.

By Victoria Walton

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