5 Money-Saving Water Conservation Tips

Posted by on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 at 9:01pm.

There are so many ways to cut back on your monthly expenses and water conservation is one of the fastest and easiest. By simply putting a bit of focused energy into conserving water you can cut down on your bills significantly.

Here are 5 conservation tips to use that can show immediate results and are easy to implement.

1. Watch your laundry levels

If you're doing a small load of laundry make sure that you adjust the machine settings on your washer to properly reflect the size of the load. About 22% of your home water usage inside is from doing laundry. Try to use the low and medium water settings on the washer whenever you can.

2. Reduce your lawn watering

As a homeowner almost 60% of your water usage will be spent on watering your lawn. Make sure that you are only watering your garden or yard when it really needs it. Taking out the sprinkler during the evening hours or in the early morning hours before the sun is streaming down gives your lawn the moisture it needs with less evaporation occurring.

3. Buy a new shower head

There are energy-efficient showerheads that you can purchase at your local department store that will help you cut down on your water usage by about 15 gallons per 10 minute shower. When you add up the number of people that live in your household and how often the shower is being used, this adds up to a lot of water that could potentially be saved every day.

4. Update your dishwasher

If you're still using a clunky old dinosaur from years ago, your water usage is approximately 6 gallons per load of dishes. When you compare that to the 4 gallons you need to use for a dishwasher that has been Energy Star rated, you can see how much water you're wasting. Not only that but you are also driving up your energy bills as well!

5. Front loading washing machines

Front loading washers have been specifically designed for water conservation. They also do a better job of washing clothes and are less damaging to material. Most front loaders only use about 20 gallons of water per load while other top loaders can use up to 40 gallons, depending on the type of washer and how energy efficient it is.

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