The average family spends $1,100 per year in water and sewer costs. Each American uses an average of 100 gallons of water per day, but can save as much as 30 of those gallons by following a few simple steps.
Tip: When hosting guests around the holiday season, your water use can be heavier than usual. Follow these tips so you can celebrate and save water:
- Showers use less water than baths, but shoot for an eight-minute average time.
- When you use the dishwasher, make sure it’s fully loaded. While you’re at it, scrape those plates instead of rinsing before loading them into the dishwasher.
- Thaw frozen food in the refrigerator overnight rather than under a stream of hot water.
- Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth or shave and remind your guests to do the same.
Visit the Earth Gauge website to learn more: www.earthgauge.net/2014/save-water-while-you-celebrate
Source: U.S. EPA WaterSense Program. www.epa.gov/watersense/our_water/why_water_efficiency.html; www.epa.gov/watersense/our_water/start_saving.html