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Hedy’s Hints: 7 ways to conserve water in San Diego

Start conserving water today!

Even though two-thirds of the planet is covered in water, less than 2% of the Earth’s water supply is fresh water. Even worse, just 1% of all the Earth’s water can be used for drinking.

According to statistics, the average American consumes somewhere between 140 to 170 gallons of water each day. If Americans are to continue to experience the benefits of modern living long into the future, it would behoove us all to cut down on our water consumption.

As any San Diego homeowners or residents are well aware, Southern California isn’t exactly overflowing with fresh water. With low rain totals and few bodies of fresh water, we San Diegans, as well as our neighbors in Orange County and Los Angeles County, need to work together to save water.

Here are seven ways you can cut down on your water consumption!

1. Take a shower instead of a bath

Did you know that bathing and showering account for over a quarter of all daily water usage? About 27 percent of our daily water usage comes from keeping us from smelling. However, please don’t take this as advice to stop bathing! Instead, try to take 5-minute showers. The average bath takes 37 gallons of water compared to just 15-25 gallons for a 5-minute shower.

2. Reduce the amount of water your toilet flushes

Did you know that toilet flushing accounts for the largest amount of water use? It’s true! However, this isn’t a plea for you to stop flushing your toilet! Instead, you can still flush just as often, but try to use less water by putting a closed container full of water in the tank. You can also replace your toilet with a newer one that consumes less water. Toilet flushing accounts for the largest amount of water used daily.

3. Turn off water when brushing teeth

Did you know that you can save up to five gallons of water each day by turning off the water faucet while brushing your teeth? There is really no need to leave the water on for teeth brushing, so this is an easy way to conserve water.

4. Get an energy-saving washing machine

New washing machines save about 20 gallons per load of laundry. The savings on your water bill alone should pay for this machine before long.

5. Take your vehicle to a car wash

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), you use about 500 gallons of water washing your own car. Conversely, most carwashes use 32 gallons per car, and they recycle their water.

6. Let your grass grow longer

When grass is longer, it holds more water and thus requires less watering. Plus, you won’t have to mow your lawn as much. That’s a win-win!

7. Fix your leaks

Do you have any leaky faucets or toilets that won’t stop running? How about any spigots or hoses that leak? If you fix these problems, think of all the water you can save each day.

Hedy Goldman has lots of knowledgeable information to share. She has been practicing real estate since 1996 and is a 2010 gold award winner at Windermere Real Estate SoCal. Hedy sells all over San Diego, but specializes in North County Coastal. She can be reached at (858) 504-2334 or San Diego Realtor.