According to the EPA, the average U.S. household spends close to $500 each year on water and sewage bills. But by making just a few small changes, that figure could drop by as much as $170 annually. It’s all in how you use your water.
In this 4-minute video from Lowe’s, you’ll learn basic water conservation techniques that you can immediately put to work..
- Don’t rinse food from dishes before putting them in a dishwasher. Scrape the dishes instead.
- When brushing your teeth or shaving, turn off the water at the sink.
- Use a rain barrel to capture rain, then use the rain to water plants and shrubs.
There’s a host of tips in the video but the recurring theme is that you should never “leave water running”. This is because water at home is “treated” water and the amount of energy required to treat 5 minutes’ worth of water from a faucet is equivalent to the amount of energy required to run a 60-watt light bulb for 14 hours.
That’s a lot of energy.
Water is a precious resource, and it can be expensive, too. Therefore, help the environment and your budget at the same time — practice water conservation at home.