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5 Ways to Conserve Water

Decreasing the amount of water wasted in your home is easier than you think! Not only is it environmentally-conscious, but it will save you money, too. Just because you have a well and don't have to pay for city water doesn't mean that you get free water for life. There is still the cost of electricity to run the well pump, and the cost of maintenance over the lifetime of your well equipment. The less water you waste, the lower these costs will be. Here are some great tips for conserving water in your home.

  1. Check your toilets for leaks. Toilet leaks can be quiet or even silent, so you may not notice them. When toilets leak steadily, a lot of water is wasted. The average household leaks more than 10,000 gallons each year, and most of that is through leaking toilets, according to US Money News. Checking for leaks periodically will eliminate this needless waste and reduce wear and tear on your pump.

  2. Use the dishwasher. Contrary to popular belief, it is actually more efficient to use a dishwasher than to wash your dishes by hand (especially if you run full loads!). Scraping dishes before washing them, instead of rinsing, is another great way to save water. While dishwashing is only about 2% of household water usage, every little bit counts.

  3. Shower, don't bathe. It takes about 70 gallons to fill a bathtub, so it's better to take a shower if you're trying to conserve water. Just remember to keep it short - about 10 minutes. If you use a low-flow shower head, you can save even more water during that time (about 15 gallons).

  4. When you update your appliances, choose newer appliances (and/or energy efficient ones). Newer washing machines use significantly less water than older machines. In fact, they reduce the amount of water used by about half!

  5. Wash your car less, or take it to the carwash instead of washing it at home. Washing your car can take about 150 gallons of water, so choosing to go to a drive-thru car wash and increasing the amount of time between washes can save you a lot!

For more water conservation tips, see the links below.

Additional Resources:

  1. Water - Use it Wisely

  2. National Geographic

  3. Earth Easy

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Erica Bales