The amount of water we waste each year, as a nation, is truly incredible: 1 trillion gallons. Every. Year. About one tenth of American homes have a leak that costs them extra money on their bills and wastes gallons of water. How can you help conserve water? Here are some tips from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Sense initiative:
Have Your Plumbing Inspected
Plumbing looks easy, but there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. Get a professional plumber to come out and take a look at your fixtures. While they’re with you, ask them about replacing your old fixtures with EPA-approved Water Sense parts.
Watch Your Tub and Shower
Sinks and toilets get a bad rap when it comes to leaks, but bath tubs and showers aren’t innocent. A leaky shower head can waste 500 gallons of water annually, and a dripping bath tub can waste over 3,000 gallons every year!
Get Young People Involved
It’s never too early to teach children about the importance of water conservation. The EPA has provided a web page geared toward a younger audience. Tell kids about the Water Sense “Thirsty for Knowledge‘ site, where they can have fun while they learn.