(NewsUSA) – Water is a limited and essential resource, but too many people are unaware of how much is wasted. Believe it or not, the average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water each day, and 70 percent of that water is used inside the home. Unfortunately, much of that water is wasted without a homeowner’s knowledge.
Water leaks are among the main sources of wasted water in the home, accounting for as much as 13.7 percent of a household’s water use. That’s more than the top household water uses, which include taking a shower, running the dishwasher or doing laundry.
However, some simple tips can help homeowners conserve water, prevent damage caused by leaks and save money on repairs caused by water damage.
Do fewer larger loads of laundry instead of more smaller loads. A larger load uses less water per pound of clothes.
Wait until the dishwasher is full before running it; a half full load wastes both water and electricity.
Data suggest that high-efficiency water-saving devices, such as low-flow showerheads and toilets, could save U.S. households 5.4 billion gallons of water and $11.3 million each day, and the low-flow devices that are currently available don’t sacrifice water pressure for efficiency. But if more efficient bathroom fixtures aren’t an option, simply taking shorter showers can save two to five gallons of water per minute.
Get a Grip on Leaks
New leak detection products can help homeowners identify leaks early, so they can be managed before water damage sets in. The FloLogic System, for example, serves as a circuit breaker for the plumbing system in the home, sending an alarm and shutting off the water supply when a leak is detected. This early detection feature is key to preventing water damage associated with an unidentified and unrepaired leak. As an added bonus, some insurance companies will provide discounts to homeowners who install systems such as FloLogic.