How Much Water Are Your Appliances Really Using?
The average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water every day. Check-out some of your appliances, like your shower and dishwasher, with the greatest water usage and some simple ways to reduce water consumption in your home.
Think about all the appliances in your home that use water. Ready? Dishwasher, shower, toilet, faucets, bathtubs, and washing machine – just to name a few. Now, let’s think again… how many of these appliances do you or your family use on a daily basis? Pretty much all of them. It’s no wonder then, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), that the average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water every day.*
Let’s check-out some of your appliances with the greatest proportion of water usage and suggest some simple ways to reduce water consumption.
Toilet: 33 Gallons Per Day
The toilet is a bit of a water hog. Flushing the toilet accounts for nearly a quarter of water used in homes every day. Approximately 33 gallons per household per day (gphd) literally goes down the toilet. Yikes. Now, we’re not suggesting you hold it. When you gotta go, you gotta go. But there are a few small changes you could make to decrease water consumption with every flush.
- Get a low-flow toilet. Current government standards require a new toilet use only 1.6 gallons per flush. But, if you’re in an older home, your toilet could be using up to 6 gallons per flush. So, making the switch to a low-flow toilet can drastically impact your water use.
- Save the flushing for what needs to be flushed. It’s not uncommon for people to put tissues in the toilet or other bathroom waste in the toilet. Keep it simple – put trash in the trash can!
- Flush less frequently. We’ve all heard the saying, “if it’s yellow, let it mellow.” We get that this may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but we can all agree it’s certainly an easy way to save water!
Shower: 28 Gallons Per Day
Whether you like to shower at night before bed, or start your day by jumping into a nice, hot shower… either way, you’re using a lot of water! Don’t worry though, we have some ideas for how to make your showering rituals less of a water thief.
- Take shorter showers. The shower may be the place where you like to rock out and practice your audition for a singing competition, but try to keep it under 5 minutes. Set a timer or bring a radio into the bathroom to keep track of time.
- Install a low-flow shower head. Conventional shower heads use approximately 4 gallons of water every minute. Installing a low-flow shower head may be an expense initially, but you’ll save money by using less than half the amount of water.
Faucet: 26 Gallons Per Day
You likely use your faucet for all sorts of different things: brushing your teeth, washing your hands, and cleaning your dishes. Each of these tasks adds up and makes your faucets one of the biggest culprits of water consumption. Check out these tips to make the most use out of your faucets without using a ton of water.
- Check for leaks and drips. That “drip drip drip” you hear from your faucet might not seem like a big deal, but you can lose up to 20 gallons of water a day from just one leaky faucet. Keep an eye out for leaks – or better yet, let us do the work for you – and install a StreamLabs water monitor to watch out for slow leaks in your home.
- Turn off the water. When you’re brushing your teeth or soaping up your hands, turn off the faucet to save some water. It’s that easy!
Washing Machine: 23 Gallons Per Day
The laundry room is another place in your home that uses a significant chunk of water. Luckily, there are a few quick tips that save water and may even save you from the pain of laundry day.
- Run only full loads. Wait to run your washing machine until it’s completely full. This will maximize how many clothes you clean in one cycle.
- Re-wear or reuse items. Before tossing jeans, towels, and other clothing into the dirty clothes hamper, evaluate whether or not they’re really dirty. Waiting to wash your jeans will actually extend the life of them – as each wash wears down the fabric. But, not all clothes are best re-used. Wash your dirty underwear people!
- Use the correct wash cycle and cold water. Many newer washing machines have load-sensing technology and will do this heavy lifting for you, but if you don’t have one, be sure to double check the load size and choose the most appropriate wash cycle. Also, using cold water uses less energy – and less water – than warm or hot water.
Leaks: 17 Gallons Per Day
You may be thinking, “Leaks? That’s not an appliance!” And yes, you’re right. It’s not – but leaky appliances are one of the biggest consumers of water in your home. In this case, we’re not talking about water up to your ankles and calling that a leak, we’re talking about leaky faucets, leaky toilets, leaky water heaters – all of which you may not even realize are leaking.
- Detect leaks. This is our bread and butter. We’re really good at detecting leaks. Our smart home water monitor attaches directly to your main water line and detects leaks in real-time. We have the most advanced leak detection technology on the market. We’ll let you know if you’re using more water than normal and alert you so you can get your leak fixed to save water and money.
Water consumption is serious business, and most of your appliances are heavy-hitters. But with these quick tips – and a StreamLabs water monitor – you’ll put a stop to wasteful water usage in no time. Buy one today to start saving water AND money on your monthly bills.