Although the earth is about three-quarters water, only 1% is clean enough for human use. Are you doing everything you can to preserve our water supply? Reducing your water usage is not only friendly to our environment but also reduces your water bill every month. When you take care of your teeth, you can actually save several gallons of water every day by implementing these four conservation habits.
1. Running the Water Only While Rinsing
Turn your faucet off while you are brushing your teeth. The EPA has reported that you could end up using a staggering four gallons of water every time you brush your teeth if you keep the tap on. If you brush twice a day, that can add up to an amazing 200 gallons every month. By getting yourself in the habit of turning the tap off after dampening your toothbrush and turning it back on when you are ready to rinse, you can save a substantial amount of water.
2. Using a Cup
While rinsing your mouth, use a cup to drink out of. Some people use their hands to cup out water to rinse with but this is not only wasteful, it is also unhealthy as your hands have germs on them. Ideally, you should use a reusable cup so you can also conserve paper.
3. Check for Leaks
While at your sink brushing in the morning or evening, check your faucet and the piping for any leaks. Just a couple of drops a day from a leaky faucet adds up to hundreds of gallons of wasted water over the course of a year. If you notice that your faucet is dripping after turning it off, you should have it repaired as soon as possible.
4. Renewing Your Plumbing
This isn’t a conservation habit, per se, but it is a fact that newer faucet heads consume less water per minute as older ones. If your bathroom plumbing is outdated, consider having it replaced with newer, more water-friendly fixtures. You’ll save money over time and, more importantly, you’ll be saving the environment.
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