How Much Water is Really Being Used in Your Home?

Many people want to do their part to help the environment, and we all want to get the most out of our water. The next water bill will tell you how much has been used during the billing period, but it will not tell you where the water was used. How we use our water and which activities use the most is an interesting subject. Identifying water intensive processes can allow you to make adjustments that will be more environmentally friendly and save money as well.How Much Water is Really Being Used in Your Home?

The Average Water Usage:

Extensive research on water usage has identified that each person uses 90-100 gallons of water each and every day. One would expect that most of the water use would come from appliances, but this is not usually the case. Most of the water use is often generated from flushing toilets and using showerheads.

Flushing the Toilet:

The amount of water used by a toilet flush can be radically different depending upon the age of the toilet. An older toilet could use as much as 8 gallons per flush (GPF), and a new toilet would typically use just over 1 GPF. As you can see this is a very significant difference. By changing a single toilet almost 7 GPF can be saved. Installing new toilets could reduce your water usage by almost 75%.

Using Modern Showerheads:

More modern plumbing fixtures are designed to use less water than their predecessors. An older or conventional showerhead would typically use 10 gallons of water for every minute they are used. In comparison, a more modern showerhead uses on average 2-3 gallons per minute of use.

Water Using Appliances:

The clothes washer uses the most water. It can account for 20% of the indoor residential water bill in most homes. This can be offset by using a modern high efficiency model, many of these newer machines use 50% less water compared to older models. Dishwashers, typically use 1-2% of household water, but again, newer models will use half the amount of water compared to older units.

Developing New Habits:

It would appear that throughout this article, many of the potential water savings require a financial investment. This is true, more modern equipment is designed to consume less water, but it is not the only factor. In fact, many changes to daily habits can greatly reduce the amount of water that we use in our homes. When bathing, avoiding longer showers can save a lot of water, some people get wet, turn off the shower to lather up and then turn the water back on to rinse off. The dishwasher should only ever be run when it is full, and economy cycles should be used on washers for half loads. If you do have the money to invest in new equipment, savings of 30-75% on monthly water bills will recoup the money quickly.

If you are interested in improving your water efficiency, you may wish to consider your water hardness. Hard water can significantly reduce the efficiency of appliances around your home. A fully WQA certified water professional can guide you through the range of water softener/ water conditioner models that exceed the latest industry standards.

By Mark Williams (NicMar President Mark Williams holds degrees in Applied Science and Industrial Thermodynamics, along with Agricultural Mechanization and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University.  He also holds the highest possible industry ranking, being WQA (Water Quality Association) LEVEL 6 Certified.)

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