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7 Easy Ways To Save Water (And Money!) At Home

Lauren Nowacki4-Minute Read
February 25, 2021

Think about your morning routine. From brushing your teeth, taking a shower and using the bathroom to washing your hands and making your morning coffee, you could be using multiple gallons of water within the first hour of your day.

Can you even imagine spending a day without using water? If we don’t find ways to conserve water in our everyday lives now, we won’t have to imagine it for long.

Household procedures make up a large part of overall water usage. If even small changes can be adopted widely, homeowners can make a big impact on conserving water for generations to come.

You can begin to make those small changes by following the tips in this article to save water at home.

Why Is It Important To Conserve Water?

In 50 years, it’s projected that 96 of the 204 America’s freshwater basins will not be able to meet the monthly water demand. A growing population and a shrinking water supply (due, in part, to climate change) will cause water shortages in several parts of the U.S. That’s why water conservation is more important than ever.

If the fear of water scarcity doesn’t motivate you enough, there’s another reason to conserve water. Saving water can also save you money.

How Does Saving Water Save Me Money?

Your water consumption makes up part of your water bill, reflecting a certain amount of money (usually a fraction of a cent) per gallon of water used. When you use less water, you’re charged less money. Therefore, reducing your water use is how you can lower your water bill and save money. While the decrease may only be a few dollars each month, those savings can add up. In fact, within the year, you could save more than $100. 

7 Easy Ways To Save Water At Home

Wondering how to conserve water in your home? This list of simple water-saving methods is an easy way to start.

1. Install A Dual Flush Kit

A dual-flush system regulates the amount of water used with each toilet flush, using less water to flush away liquid vs. solid waste. The system comes with two buttons to distinguish the type of waste. A family of four could save up to 10,000 gallons of water per year by switching to a low-flow, dual-flush toilet system. If you don’t want to spend the money buying a brand new toilet, consider installing a dual flush kit, which fits most modern toilets. You can install it yourself or hire a professional to help.

2. Replace Your Showerhead

Showering accounts for almost 17% of indoor water use in the home, with standard showerheads expelling 2.5 gallons per minute. Retro-fitting your shower with a low-flow WaterSense showerhead could save up to 2,700 gallons annually since these products limit water output to no more than 2 gallons per minute without skimping on shower quality.

3. Change Out A Leaky Flapper

A flapper is the rubber piece inside your tank that’s connected to the flush level. It seals the water in the tank until the toilet is flushed and the lever pulls the flapper up to allow the water to exit. A leaky flapper is a common culprit of a running toilet and can waste up to 200 gallons of water in one day. This can increase your water bill by tens, even hundreds, of dollars if left untreated. Their seal can weaken over time, so make sure you’re checking their fit at least once a year. If the flapper has deteriorated or doesn’t fit snuggly over the flush tube, you should replace it to prevent leaks.

4. Use An Aerator On Your Faucet

Faucet aerators limit the flow of water by mixing it with small bubbles of air and passing it through a screen. Using a WaterSense faucet or aerator product can reduce water flow by 30% and save up to 700 gallons per year. And since it uses less water, it gives water heaters a break, helping you save on energy.

5. Turn The Faucet Off

You can save thousands of gallons of water every year and, according to Money.com, also reduce your water bill by up to 13% just by turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth. Imagine how many more gallons of water (and dollars) you can save if, in addition to that, you turned the faucet off for other chores, like washing dishes by hand, cleaning vegetables or washing your car.

6. Run Full Loads Only

When it comes to high water use, washing machines and dishwashers are common culprits. While you can’t avoid using these appliances, you should only use them with full loads to use the machines most efficiently. If you can afford a new appliance, consider getting an Energy Star appliance or a front-load clothes washer, which uses less water per cycle than a top loader.

7. Collect Water With A Rain Barrel

Rain barrels collect gallons of rainwater from your roof and gutters and store the water for later use, like washing your car or other outdoor items or watering your lawn or garden. Rain barrels provide a natural, free water resource for your home. Just keep in mind that the water comes from runoff, so it is not safe to drink or use on herbs, vegetables, fruits and other plants you ingest.

What Is WaterSense?

We mentioned WaterSense products a few times in the list above. WaterSense is a voluntary EPA water conservation program that educates consumers on water-saving practices and provides a rating system for water-efficient products that meet the EPA’s criteria. If you’re interested in saving water, look for products with the WaterSense label in the same way you would look for Energy Star products that save on energy use.

Save Water, Save Money, Save The Planet

By implementing these simple changes, you can help do your part in using less water. In turn, you’ll save money and help save the planet for future generations.

To learn more tips about homeownership, including other ways to make your home eco-friendly, check out more articles on the Rocket Homes® blog.

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Lauren Nowacki

Lauren Nowacki is a staff writer specializing in personal finance, homeownership and the mortgage industry. She has a B.A. in Communications and has worked as a writer and editor for various publications in Philadelphia, Chicago and Metro Detroit.