These 10 Things Cause You to Waste Water at Home


If you are looking to conserve water at home and spend less on your bills with public utility records then these tips are for you.

  1. Keeping the Tap on When You Brush Teeth or Wash Hands: Water can come out at a rate of 2.5 gallons for every minute it runs so don’t let it go to waste while you brush your teeth or scrub your hands.
  2. Flushing Every Time: This tip may not suit everyone but the toilet can be a water-intensive fixture so you may not need to flush every time.
  3. Not Fixing Leaks: Whether you fix them yourself or hire a plumber, fixing a leaky faucet will lead to less wasted water.
  4. Washing Your Car at Home: You are better off going to a car wash that recycles water rather than washing the car at home.
  5. Taking a Long Shower: An older showerhead can also use more water. Limit the time you spend in the shower to stop wasting water.
  6. Your Lawn Is Too Big: If you have a large lawn, you are wasting money on watering. It’s even better to lose the lawn completely and go for a landscape that will incorporate water-wise ground cover and plants that thrive with a drought.
  7. Running Half Loads: This includes loads for your dishwasher and washing machine. Half loads add up to a lot of wasted water.
  8. Not Paying Attention to Your Water Bill: Look at public utility records. If your water bill gets high suddenly then there is a chance you have a leak. Call a plumber to check any water lines so not only will you water but money as well.
  9. Watering Plants at the Wrong Time: If you water plants in the early morning, you will need less water. The cooler morning temperatures will mean using less water since less is lost to evaporation.
  10. Washing Your Dog Inside: If you wash outside you are watering the lawn while cleaning your pet.