Did you know that a typical 3-bedroom, single-family home in California uses approximately 174,000 gallons of water per year? A whopping 57% of water usage per home is spent on landscaping. Add in 9% of water usage on “overwatering” and your land is clearly gobbling up the majority of the water you’re using! In addition to adjusting your sprinkler schedule and maybe working more succulents into your garden instead of the more tropical, water-loving plants, here are some places where you can reduce your water usage:
- Install low-flow toilets. This may cost you $60-$200 per installation, but will save you 6.4 gallons of water per flush.
- Install Faucet Aerators. The average cost of this little gadget is just $2 and you will save 1.5 gallons per minute! During flu season, when we’re washing our hands all day long, you will be fighting germs and saving water.
- Install a Low-Flow Shower Head for $10-$40. You’ll save an extra 2.5-3.5 gallons of water per minute. Seinfeld fans, I know what you’re thinking, but during the length of the shower, you really will save water, even if you need to spend an extra minute or two rinsing out your hair. 😉