Where I live, and maybe where you live, it is easy to take water for granted. That would be a mistake. Droughts are a serious issue for the U.S. We should care about conserving water here and about providing basic access to clean water and sanitation around the world. Clean water makes life possible. There are hundreds of ways to save water and a few fantastic organizations that work to provide clean water to the people who need it. We all have to start somewhere, so here are 10 easy ways to conserve water in and around your home.
I asked you to take a pledge a few weeks ago as part of the Flush for Good Campaign for American Standard. 7 of these simple tasks were presented and most of you chose taking a shorter shower to save water. Good one! It’s chilly now for many of us s who needs shaved legs anyway? I jest (sort of), but let’s get started on water savings here.
1. Take Shorter Showers: A nice 5 minute shower provides plenty of time to wash your hair and body and even shave. A 5 minute shower uses 10 to 25 gallons of water depending on your shower head. Every minute you can shave off saves about 5 gallons of water! Guess what – that bath the kids get all the time…it takes about 70 gallons of water. Our kids do great in the shower so jump in, wash off and save those baths for a special occasion.
2. and 3.: Turn the water off when you shave or brush your teeth or wash your face. Basically anytime the water is just running and running, turn it off. It saves a ton of water!
4. Run the wash when it is full: Both your dishwasher and clothes washer use a bunch of water! If you have a choice of load level, use it. It is best to wait for a full load to make the most of the water the machine will use. Did you know that the new water saving dishwashers can save a bunch of water by eliminating the need to fully scrub the dishes before putting them in and simply using less water? Yes, the dishwasher uses less water than doing dishes by hand.
5. Water your lawn when it needs it: No one wants the grass to die, but you can choose to install a device that measures rainfall and will turn off your sprinkler when it is raining or not water when there has been rain. I can’t tell you how many lawns I see being watered in the rain!
6. Don’t Waste Wrong Temperature Water: Here we are talking about all the time it takes to run the water while it gets hot or cold. For cold water, simply use a pitcher in the fridge for drinking water. For hot water, we actually have a dispenser by the sink but of course, you could always use a teapot.
7. Flush Once: That’s right. Use the right amount of TP for the job and flush just once. You can also employ the old if it’s yellow let it mellow, of course. Teach your kids to flush once. They tend to either be under flushers (hello, we always need to flush #2) or over flushers.
8. Use bowls or buckets to collect water: This relates to #6, but it is easy to keep a bowl or pitcher in bathroom to collect water that can be used for watering plants or anything else while the water heats up for shaving or washing your face. This same trick can be used any time you need water to get nice and warm. It will also help you to remember to water those plants!
9. Think about water: The key to water conservation is you. The more you know, the more you save. If you make saving water a priority, you will be able to easily start to make little changes that make a big difference. Whenever you see water simply running, think about whether or not it needs to be. In many situations, you will cut your water usage in half right there without changing your lifestyle at all.
10. Consider upgrading your water using appliances to a Water Sense certified one. Toilets, faucets and shower heads use a ton of water in your home. Now there are Water Sense models that can deliver the same flush or flow with significantly less water. American Standard has a full line of Water Sense products. They are using technology to deliver the same experience with less water. The shower heads still have a drenching spray and the toilets still flush your stuff down. They just do these things while saving water. Boom. Using Water Sense products saves 6 billion gallons of water a year and more than $50 million in energy costs. How cool is that?
Let’s Talk Toilets
We need to talk about potties, because they use more water than anything else in your home. A full 26% of your indoor water usage comes from your toilet.
A standard toilet uses 1.6 gallons of water per flush. A high efficiency toilet uses only 1.28 gallons per flush. The American Standard Champion toilet has attained the highest possible rating in the Maximum Performance (MaP) test, an independent report on toilet bulk removal performance. This means it uses less water and flushes LIKE A BEAST. Everyone wants that. The Champion 4 MAX can successfully flush 1,000 grams (2.2 pounds) of solid waste without clogging, using just 1.28 gallons of water. I know, thank goodness!
Here’s the great thing about buying a Champion. For every Champion toilet purchased, American Standard will donate a SaTo (Sanitary Toilet Pan) to a community in Bangladesh that needs it. These pans save lives. You can read more about Flush for Good in my first post for American Standard.
I also encourage you to like and share the American Standard Flush For Good page. The more likes and shares, the more toilet pans donated! As a blogger, I get the chance to work with a lot of great companies. In the best situations, I can work with a company and help spread an important message that saves lives. American Standard’s commitment to improving the quality of life for so many millions of people and saving lives makes is impressive. For me, it makes choosing a company for our kitchen and bath needs simple. I hope that you can feel confident in choosing American Standard for your projects as well.
In October American Standard made a long term commitment to helping the world water crisis.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (October 2, 2013) – American Standard announced an official Commitment to Action with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) this week, pledging to improve sanitation and quality of life for three million people around the world from 2014 through 2017. Including the 2.5 million residents of Bangladesh receiving safer sanitation assistance during 2013 and 2014, American Standard will reach an estimated 5.5 million people by 2017.
5.5 million people will be helped. So from a toilet that can flush anything to a sanitary pan that saves lives, American Standard is attempting to rock the plumbing world and doing a darn good job.
Please enjoy this video of all the things your little people can flush down the Champion without clogging your toilet.
Disclosure: American Standard provided me and two of my readers with gift cards to Home Depot. I already loved American Standard and just fell harder when I learned about Flush for Good. The opinions in this article are all my own.