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3 Water Saving Myths

09.06.21 06:36 PM By Brandon

There are a number of good reasons why saving water is better for the environment but there’s one huge reason why it’s better for you: it can save you a lot of money. That’s why you need to know the truth about saving water and how to use conservation to benefit you. The best ways to save water aren't turning off the faucet while you're brushing your teeth or shutting off the shower while you're washing your hair. The best way to save water — and end up saving a lot of money on water — is by making some simple behavior changes. The sooner you get the right information and understand about saving water, the sooner you can protect this precious resource - and the dollars in your pocket! 

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Myth 1 - Plumbing Fixtures Don't Do Much

Some people say that water-saving toilets and low-flow shower heads don't really save that much water and it isn't worth spending the money to have them. This is absolutely not true. The water-saving fixtures don't cost that much more than standard varieties but they do save you money on your water bills. A standard toilet from before 1982 uses up to 7 gallons of water per flush. The new efficient versions flush with just 1.6 gallons of water. With this significant difference, you will notice the savings right away on your water bill. In pretty short order, those water-saving fixtures will pay for themselves.

Myth 2 - Showers Use More Water Than Baths

For decades, there's been a myth circulating that it actually conserves more water to take a bath, as opposed to a shower. For the most part, this just isn't true. If you take incredibly long showers, then you may use more water than if you had opted for a bath. On the other hand, if you have a small bathtub and you don't fill it up all the way, you may actually use less water bathing here than standing in the shower.

As a general rule, however, showering is by far the more water-saving option when it comes to cleaning your body, especially when you install a standard low-flow shower head that uses about 2 gallons a minute. Older shower heads can use as much as 7 gallons per minute! That means with a simple shower head upgrade, the average 8 minute shower will use 40 gallons less per shower!

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Myth 3 - Handwashing Is Cheaper

If you've been hand-washing your dishes to save water, stop. It's a common myth that washing dishes by hand conserves more water than running the dishwasher but in most cases this is far from true. Hand washing a sink full of dishes takes about 20 gallons of water. By contrast, a dishwasher uses about six gallons of water per load. That's a win-win scenario because running the dishwasher saves time, too!

If you've been washing your car with a hose in the driveway to save water, you can stop doing that as well. You will use far more water when you wash your car by hand, rather than just going to the car wash. Washing the car by hand can use more than 100 gallons of water, compared to 15 to 75 gallons of water used by most commercial car washes.

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