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16 Facts About Water Efficiency

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At Oliver, we always support the idea of saving water and saving energy. Here, our plumbing experts have compiled 16 different facts about water efficiency from resources like National Geographic and the Environmental Protection Agency:

A leaking toilet can waste 200 gallons of water per day. That’s 6,000 gallons of water per month and 72,000 gallons of water per year.

If you water an average-sized lawn for 20 minutes each day for 7 days, you’d use the same amount of water as you would running a shower constantly for 4 days (or taking more than 800 showers).

A leaking faucet that drips 60 drips per minute can waste more than 2,000 gallons of water per year.

It takes 22,000 gallons of water to fill the average-sized pool. And if you don’t cover it, hundreds of gallons of water per month can be lost due to evaporation.

If you’re in the market for a new washing machine, most front-loading models use 20 gallons of water per load while most top-loading models use 40 gallons of water.

Every drop of hot water that’s wasted is three different billing charges: one charge for incoming municipal water, one charge for the energy it takes to heat the water, and one charge for the treatment of the water that goes down the drain.

Low-flow shower heads can save up to 10 gallons of water during a 10-minute shower.

If you shave 5 times per week and turn off the water while you do so, you could save 10 gallons of water per session.

To maximize the efficiency of your dishwasher, only run it when you have a full load of dishes that are ready to be washed. This can save you up to 320 gallons of water per year.

Each American uses an average of 88 gallons of water a day throughout the house.

If you brush your teeth twice daily, our plumbing experts suggest turning off the faucet while you do so. This can help you save 8 gallons of water per day.

Washing a car uses about 150 gallons of water. To reduce your water consumption, our plumbing experts suggets washing your car less often.

By letting your faucet run for 5 minutes while you wash dishes, you waste nearly 10 gallons of water.

An automatic landscape irrigation system that isn’t properly maintained and operated can waste up to 25,000 gallons of water annually.

Water-efficient fixtures and appliances can help you reduce your water use by at least 20 percent.

Nearly 22% of indoor home water use comes from doing laundry. In order to save water, make sure you adjust your washing machine to the proper load size. In addition, choosing to use cold water instead of hot water can reduce your energy use.

Are you doing your best to save water and save energy? If you’re not sure, give our plumbing experts a call. We can help you determine what to do to reduce your consumption.