Evaluating Your Water Usage: The First Step for Conservation

Did you know that Americans use large quantities of water inside their home?

The average family of four can use 400 gallons of water every day, and, on average, approximately 70 percent of that water is used indoors, according to the EPA. For a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home, that’s a lot of water! Additionally, most of that indoor use comes from the bathroom.

Much of that water usage is usually attributed to waste, such as leaky toilets, or misuse (leaving the faucet on).

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But a hidden enemy of water conservation is simply older toilets and showers. For example, old showers can use as much as 5 gallons of water per minute, whereas newer models can be as little as 1 gallon per minute.

Water conservation is good for the environment, and of course is good for the wallet for those who have to pay a water bill. Now is as good a time as ever to learn about a shower remodeling from Bath Fitter.

Some additional facts from the EPA below:

  • Older toilets use between 3.5 and 7 gallons of water per flush. However, WaterSense labeled toilets require 75 to 80 percent less water
  • A leaky toilet can waste about 200 gallons of water every day
  • A bathroom faucet generally runs at 2 gallons of water per minute. By turning off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving, a person can save more than 200 gallons of water per month

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