Saving water equates to saving money, and people often take extreme measures when it comes to saving a buck. While cutting back on water usage is a great way to save hard-earned cash, people can sometimes take their practices to the most extreme limits.
These are a few water saving tips from the most hardcore environmentalists and penny-pinchers.
Flush the toilet less
We’ve all heard the saying “if it’s yellow let it mellow.” While it may seem a bit extreme for those who like flushing their toilet after each use, it can save water. Anywhere from 1.6 to 4 gallons of water are used each time the toilet is flushed.
How to take it to the extreme
For Victoria Hunt, a guest on the television show “Extreme Cheapskates”, saving water means doing her business in a bottle, and then using it as an ingredient for the compost she uses in her garden. That extreme measure would reduce total household water use by only 11 percent.
Switch to a “Navy Shower”
When out to sea, soldiers conserve water by using a method known as the “Navy Shower”. It involves quickly wetting your body for 30 seconds or less before turning the water off, then applying soap to your body before turning the water back on for a minute to rinse it off.
Showerheads can use up to 5 gallons of water per minute, so cutting your shower time down from 10-15 minutes to a minute and a half is a way to save water.
Or, use a low-flow showerhead
Most conventional showerheads use between 3 and 4 gallons per minute, while a low-flow showerhead uses about 2 gallons per minute. Using this type of showerhead reduces the amount of water used while showering by nearly 50 percent. However, the decrease for total household water use is less than 4 percent. Which doesn’t save very much water at all.
How to take it to the extreme
You can always stop showering altogether and instead rely on sponge baths to clean your body. That extreme measure would reduce total household water use by only 7 percent.
The best tip for saving water is not even the most extreme
While these methods can save both water and money, the most effective method of water conservation is not extreme at all.
It all starts with lawn irrigation. Why? Because more than half of the average household’s total water use goes for outdoor uses.
If a family completely eliminated their indoor water use for toilets and showers, they would only save about one-third of the water that the average household uses outdoors.
The U.S. alone uses nine million gallons of water every day on lawn irrigation. In order for homeowners to really save water, the water used on lawn irrigation must be reduced
This is exactly what the IrriGreen Genius™ system does. Our system uses 50 percent less water than conventional irrigation systems. It’s great for the environment, and great for your budget.
If you want to seriously reduce the amount of water you use on a daily basis, the IrriGreen system is a must have for your home. Give us a call today.