What Does Less Look Like?
Let’s revisit the 69.3 gallons of water that most American households are using daily. What if everyone worked together to reduce that amount? This is where investments and consumer decisions come in to play. According to the AWWA, “By installing more efficient water fixtures and regularly checking for leaks, households can reduce daily per capita water use by about 35 percent to about 45.2 gallons per day.” This means some major reductions in the categories discussed above.
Before any major investment occurs, checking out your Return On Investment (ROI) is an important factor. If you do decide that water conservation is the big step you want to take this year, check out EcoAcademy’s GreenandSave ROI Table.
For example, if you wanted to tackle the issue of faucets, GreenandSave explains that “low flow faucets have aerators in them to cut your water usage. These faucets use as much as 40 percent less water than conventional faucets, or about 2.5 gallons per minute compared to four.”
With its ROI Calculation based on four low-flow faucets, you can calculate the ROI for that new faucet in your kitchen, two bathrooms and wet bar. Below are some of the top items/projects to check out:
- Whole House Water Filters
- Clothes Washer
- Greywater – Small Scale
- Rain Water Collection
- Dual Flush Toilets
- Water Conservation/Retention Large Scale