Although fresh water is a renewable resource, research shows that the world’s supply of clean, usable water is decreasing faster that it can be replenished. Think of it this way: Despite the fact that over 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water, less than 1% is fit for human consumption. Pretty incredible, right?
The easiest way to help is by conserving water — and you can start at home. The average U.S. family can use 400 gallons of water a day. By swapping out your fixtures and appliances with low-flow models, you can quickly reduce that number.
An infographic created by eLocal.com details the benefits of low-flow fixtures and appliances. If, for example, you run a water faucet for four minutes each day, a normal fixture will use 4,000 gallons of water per year, compared to 3,000 gallons per year from a low-flow faucet.
Even more impressive? If you flush a typical toilet 15 times per day, you’ll use 33,000 gallons of water per year. A low-flow toilet, on the other hand, uses only 9,000 gallons of water per year, resulting in a savings of a whopping 24,000 gallons.
Low-flow fixtures and appliances don’t just help you conserve water; you’ll see savings on your water bill, too. If every U.S. household installed water-saving fixtures and appliances, the annual savings would add up to more than $4 billion and 2 trillion gallons of water. It’s mind-boggling, isn’t it?
Take a look at the rest of the infographic to learn more about how low-flow faucets and fixtures can help you quickly rack up water savings.
As various fixtures and appliances in your home are ready to be replaced, consider purchasing a low-flow model. And when you do, keep an eye on your water bill — you’ll likely see the numbers start to go down as the year progresses.
Have you installed any low-flow fixtures or appliances in your home? What sort of savings have you seen so far?
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