As seen throughout the news and as we've previously noted, California is facing a serious drought and its government is advising citizens to use water wisely, to avoid as much waste as possible. But even if you’re not from a drought-stricken area, conserving water in any way you can is beneficial for your community and your wallet alike.
Showers and tubs: Low-flow showerheads cost some money up front, but they save water and money down the line. Conventional showerheads flow about 5 gallons of water per minute, while low-flow showerheads halve the flow at 2.5 gallons per minute. That’s a big difference!
Beyond that, be mindful of how long you remain in the shower. You can probably get the job done more quickly than you realize. Baths should be seen as occasional treats, as they use around 35-50 gallons of water while a 10 minute shower with a low-flow showerhead only uses about 25 gallons.
Sinks: Just like with showerheads, low-flow faucet aerators save gallons of water at the sink. It’s also a good idea to wash your hands with cold water instead of hot, as waiting for water to heat up runs more and more down the drain. Also, leave the water off when brushing your teeth! (Maybe your grandmother has told you this before--she’s right.)
Toilets: Again, low-flow is the way to go. Regular toilets use water than any other utility in the house. Older toilets use 5-7 gallons per flush, while low-flow models use as little as 1.5 gallons. The difference is immense. Beyond that, the old adage of “if it’s yellow, leave it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down” rings true. To conserve water and save money, keep in mind these small sacrifices whenever you can.