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One of the biggest concerns modern homeowners have is how to be more environmentally friendly. Most of us are now separating organic waste, plastics, glass and paper so that they can be recycled. Energy saving lightbulbs are now the norm, and you can receive discounts when you buy appliances that are more energy efficient than previous models. One of the simplest and most overlooked ways to be greener – and save yourself some cash – is by saving water. Here are  a few tips to help you on your way:

Take Showers Instead of Baths

You’ve probably heard this one before, and this is one of the biggest ways you can save water. Showers use around one third of the water that a full bathtub uses, so if you and your family switch to quick showers then you can instantly cut down on your water usage.

Install A Water Butt

Even by using less water by showering, the waste water still goes straight down the plughole and is lost – unless you install a water butt. This large barrel collects waste water from sinks and tubs that can then be used to water your lawn or hose down your patio.

Fix Leaky Faucets

It’s easy to get used to that occasional dripping sound coming from the bathroom – but just one drip per second can amount to 2700 gallons of water per year! So get out your wrench or call a plumber to make instant savings.

Only Use Faucets For Essentials

Think of the dozens of times a day you turn on a faucet and how necessary it was each time. There are a few simple things you can do to save water at the sink: don’t run water while you’re brushing your teeth or while doing dishes – try to save water for rinsing. Similarly, scrape plates instead of rinsing them before loading them into the dishwasher. And try putting a pitcher of drinking water into the refrigerator for use throughout the day, as running water until it turns ice cold can waste up to two gallons every minute.

Choose Water Efficient Plumbing

If you’re planning a full bathroom remodel then there is a wide range of new water saving products on the market. For instance, there are toilets available that use only 1.3 gallons of water per flush instead of the standard 1.6 gallons – that’s 20% less water.

As you can see, it’s pretty easy to make your home more water efficient. By making several small changes in the way you use water in your home, you’ll be going a long way to saving water, saving money and being greener.