The bathroom can be a huge source of wasted water in any house, but it's also one of the easiest places to make water conservation a habit. Here are just a few easy ways to make your bathroom a water conservation worry-free zone.
- When running a bath, plug the bathtub before turning on the faucet. Then, adjust the water temperature as the water is running.
- Better yet, take five minute showers instead of baths. A full bathtub requires up to 70 gallons of water. If you keep your shower under five minutes long, you'll save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
- Test your toilets for leaks at least once a year -- toilet leaks can be silent! A good way to check is by putting food coloring in your toilet tank -- if it seeps into the bowl without flushing, then there's a leak that needs fixing.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and you can save up to four gallons per minute. That equals 200 gallons per week for a family of four! And turning off the water while washing your hair will save up to 150 gallons per month!
- One drip every second adds up to five gallons per day! Check faucets and shower heads for leaks and make sure you turn them off tightly after each use. Install aerators and flow reducers in sinks and shower faucets.