“Fix a Leak Week is celebrated in March of each year as a time to remind Americans to check their household fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks.”
Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water nationwide. Each year the Environmental Protection Agency promotes Fix a Leak Week to encourage people to hunt down, and fix their leaks! Not only does this save water, but saves homeowners money on their water and energy bills.
Why is saving water important?
“The average family spends $1,100 per year in water costs, but can save $350 from retrofitting with WaterSense labeled fixtures and ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances.”
By checking for leaks, updating appliances, and being water-conscious in your home, you can save water and money.
Here are some ways you can be water-efficient in your home:
“Water efficiency is the smart use of our water resources through water-saving technologies and simple steps we can all take around the house.”
- Turn off your faucet while brushing your teeth
- It it’s yellow, let it mellow! (The average toilet can use anywhere from 3.5 to 7 gallons of water per flush!)
- If you are looking for a new toilet, upgrade to a high-efficiency toilet that uses only about 1.2 gallons of water per flush. Look for the WaterSense certification when purchasing your toilets.
- Check for leaks. A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year! A good way to check for leaks is monitoring your water bill from month to month.
“Letting your faucet run for five minutes uses about as much energy as letting a 60-watt light bulb run for 14 hours.”
Most of us don’t realize that when we warm up our shower, or run our faucet for cool drinking water that we are wasting a considerable amount of energy. The water-energy nexus (connection) is one that is out of sight, out of mind. However, with climate change concerns, increased droughts, and high energy prices across the country, most everyone is seeking out solutions to conserve resources and cut costs.
Take a look at the EPA’s “Drops to Watts” document for ways to save energy through water efficiency in your home.
“The average American uses 300 gallons of water PER DAY at home.”
In the U.S., we are lucky to have easy and abundant access to water. Very rarely do we think about how are water use effects our community, local environment, and beyond. However, when reservoir water levels lower and ground water tables drop, water supplies, human health, and the environment are put at serious risk. For example, lower water levels can contribute to higher concentrations of natural and human pollutants. Using water more efficiently helps maintain supplies at safe levels, protecting human health and the environment.