How Water is Wasted at Home [Graphic]

Along the same lines as the recent infographic that we mentioned on green home improvement trends, eLocal recently published a new visual on water waste.  Elocal created the graphic, “How Much Water is Your Home Wasting,” using feedback from its community of experts.  Here’s what the professionals said:

Wasting the Best 1%:

It’s crazy but only 1% of the water on the planet is fresh and available for human consumption.  It makes no sense to frivolously waste what’s already scarce — especially when new water sources may be difficult and expensive to come by.

Don’t Be Average:

The average American family uses 127,000 gallons of water per year with fixtures and appliances, but there’s no good reason to be average.  Cut that number down with Energy Star or better appliances and low-flow, water-saving fixtures.

How to Save Water:

Specifically, a good place to start is with water-efficient faucets, washers, showers, and toilets.  These measures will save money in the form of lower water and energy bills (i.e., using less energy to heat less water).

Benefits of Water Savings:

If everyone uses less water, the savings obviously add up to some large figures — something like 5.4 million gallons of water and $11.3 million dollars per day.

[+] View the entire Home Water Waste Infographic.


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  • Dbull

    We recently fixed up a shower in the house and tried a “fancier” looking shower head. We found out quickly it wasn’t low flow because we ran out of hot water in minutes. So you are also saving money on hot water AND extending the available hot water when you go low flow! Needless to say the old one went back quickly.

  • EcoLandscape Network

    What about potable water to irrigate landscapes and Lawns? I am amazed that toilets are the main cause of waste. I would have thought washing machines by far. Good article.

    • Preston

      Really will depend on toilet and washer models as well as # of uses per day/week. Also, to clarify, this isn’t saying irrigation isn’t a major waste of potable water. You have a good point about that.

      • EcoLandscape Network

        The cool thing is that some areas are using reclaimed water to irrigate. In Tampa, the cities have started installing purple city pipes in new construction for irrigation that use reclaimed water for lawn and gardens. They do it in Orlando too. I’d like to see this done for gray water at the individual home level also. To keep that water from even going to the water treatment plant.

        • Dbull

          I agree! It should be common practice on new homes. It’s a no brainer. Also solves stormwater issus.

  • Ismail El-Meligy

    It is vital also in developing countries to concentrate on procuring technicians for maintaining fixtures.

    • Dbull

      What types of fixtures? Do you mean the extra maintenance required by waterless urinals?

  • turkey tourism

    Water is life. When you take a bath, put the tap off when the water in the middle of the bath. When you take a shower , turn off the tape when you wash yourself with soap then turn it on to rinse yourself.

  • Lisbeth

    We have a rainwater harvesting system. All the water that comes from the roof goes through the gutters and downspouts, where it is then collected in an underground 3000 gallon cistern. That cistern water is hooked to our irrigation system for the yard. Free water! My current water bill is typically under $20 per month which is for indoor water only, obviously. Dual flush toilets, efficient appliances, and low flow fixtures all work together to reduce our waste and optimize what we do use.

    • Bafromb

      we’re there any problems hooking directly to irrigation system ? do you have drip irrigation or sprinkler heads….im also thinking rainharvesting also, but with hose and pump

      • Lisbeth

        We have sprinkler heads, but two different kinds – one for the grass area and another for the beds where the shrubs are. The builder and landscaper did not report any problems hooking it up; it’s very similar to hooking up an irrigation system to a well, so you might look for someone with that experience if they haven’t installed a harvesting/cistern system before.

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