Between doing laundry, taking showers and washing the dishes, we use a lot of water in our homes. Have you ever wondered just how much you use? Certainly, it would have to be a lot considering we use water for many different chores. However, many people are actually using too much water.
Let’s start with a few interesting facts about water:
- Only 1 percent of water on Earth is available for human consumption
- On average, a family of four uses 127,000 gallons of water per year
- If every US home upgraded their fixtures and appliances, they could save up to 2 trillion gallons of water per year
Yikes! As if those statistics weren’t scary enough, let this sink in for a moment:
About 95 percent of all water in US homes goes down the drain.
What steps can you take to decrease your water use?
The toilet uses the most water. We understand that you can’t exactly avoid using the toilet, but there are some steps you can take to decrease the amount of water used.
On average a toilet is flushed about 15 times per day. Using a normal toilet, this means that 33,000 gallons of water are flushed down the toilet a year. It’s the simple task of switching to a low flow toilet that can dramatically decrease your water use by over 20,000 gallons a year and save up to 18 percent on your water bill. In the 1990s, the US mandated that homes are built with low flow toilets already installed. If you live in a home that is older than 1990, make the switch right away.
Those of you who are already using low flow toilets are probably wondering how you can take steps to decrease water use. Well, you can switch to a low flow shower head. On average if you take a shower for 15 minutes every other day, you are using 19,000 gallons of water per year. Switching to a low flow shower head can decrease this amount by over 10,000 gallons.
We have more good news for you. Even more appliances can be switched to a low flow version as well. Using a low flow faucet and a low flow washing machine both save over 1,000 gallons of water per year.
Let’s do the math.
If every US household installed low flow fixtures and appliances, we would save 5.4 million gallons of water per day.
Ask yourself, are you taking the proper steps to avoid wasting water?
If you have any questions about conserving water, contact the most expert plumber Las Vegas has to offer. JMAC Plumbing & Air Conditioning has over 30 years of experience. They can help install the proper plumbing fixtures to ensure you are using the least amount of water as possible. Don’t waste any more water then you have to in this drought, contact a plumber Las Vegas today at 702.227.5622.