5 Tips to Improve Water Savings at Home

Judie Docs, Executive Officer
North Coast Building Industry Association

Water is an essential resource for our livelihoods. Unfortunately, many homeowners may
not realize how much water they waste at home. There are a number of measures you can
take to improve your water savings, and many of them are easy and affordable. Here are
five tips you can follow to get started:
1. Install water-efficient fixtures and appliances. Low-flow shower-heads and
faucets, WaterSense-certified toilets, and high-efficiency dishwashers and washing
machines can make a difference in your home. These appliances can save you
hundreds of gallons of water per year. Look for fixtures and appliances that have
earned the EPA WaterSense label, these products are certified to use less water than
standard models without sacrificing performance. According to the U.S. Department
of Energy, a standard-sized certified dishwasher costs about $35 per year to run and
can save an average of 3,870 gallons of water over its lifetime.
2. Fix any leaks. Even a small leak can waste a lot of water over time. Check your
faucets, pipes, and toilets regularly for leaks, and fix them promptly. A single leaky
faucet can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water yearly, and a leaky toilet can waste
even more. You can check for leaks by inspecting your faucets, pipes, and toilets
regularly. If you see any drips or signs of a leak, call a plumber as soon as possible.
3. Take shorter showers. Showers account for a significant portion of indoor water
use. If you shorten your showers by just a few minutes a day, it will compound over
time, and you can save a lot of water and money.
4. Water your lawn and garden less often. Most lawns and gardens only need to be
watered once or twice a week. Watering more often can be a waste of water and
lead to runoff.
5. Collect rainwater. Rainwater can be used to water your lawn and garden, wash
your car, or even flush your toilet. There are a number of rainwater collection
systems available, from simple barrels to more complex systems that can be
integrated into your home's plumbing.
In addition to these tips, there are a number of new water technologies that can help you
save water. For example, smart irrigation systems can adjust your watering schedule based
on weather conditions and soil moisture levels. There are also smart leak detectors, which

alert you if there are leaks early on before they cause damage. And lastly, atmospheric
water generators are useful because they can produce water from the surrounding air,
however they can be quite costly.
By following these tips, you can make a big difference in your water consumption and help
to conserve this precious resource. To learn more about the home building contact the
NCBIA or visit nahb.org.
For more home maintenance tips, contact the NCBIA. We are your local not-for-profit trade
association representing member companies involved in all aspects of home building,
remodeling, and other aspects of services available to help you in the future as well as more
information on the above topic. So, you can see it is for your protection that you use a
NCBIA member. If you are unsure that your contractor is a member of the NCBIA or you are
looking for a list of NCBIA members, you can visit our website at www.ncbia.com – go to
Members and then Member Search, or call 440-934-1090. We also have a job posting
board (under the industry tab).
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