According to water conservationists, the average U.S. household consumes 125-150 gallons of water every day. That is about 40% more than needed. The first step in understanding how to conserve water in your home is to know where water is used. Find out how much water your family actually uses with this water budget calculator. http://www.h2ouse.org/.  Below are some are a number of easy things you can do to help conserve water and reduce your water bill.

  • Ensure that everything is in working order. It is important to regularly inspect your plumbing. A dripping faucet with just a small leak can waste up to 20 gallons of water per day; larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons.  Many times the problem is an old washer, but replacing it is easy and inexpensive. In addition, check for toilet tank leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear within 30 minutes. Check the toilet for worn out, corroded or bent parts. Most replacement parts are inexpensive, readily available and easily installed. (Flush as soon as test is done, since food coloring may stain tank.)
  • Reduce your water use. Many of us use more water than we should simply because we don’t think about it. Running the water while brushing your teeth is a common waste of water. By turning off the water while brushing your teeth can save a family 5 to 10 gallons per day. Make sure that the dishwasher or washing machine has a full load before starting. By making these small changes, you can save a lot of water-up to 1000 gallons a month! Do whatever you can to minimize the amount of water you expend.
  • Upgrade to water saving fixtures. Replacing fixtures doesn’t have to be expensive, and even if you do decide to spend a little more on an upgraded faucet, the money you save will more than pay for the expense. Because such a huge percentage of the water you use is used in the bathroom, that's where water conservation efforts should focus. You can install a few simple, inexpensive devices in the bathroom that can save a lot of water with no change in your lifestyle or your present habits. Many hardware and plumbing supply stores stock these items. Check out these ideas below:
  • Water saving showerheads. Three billion gallons of water flow through showerheads every day in this country--half of it unnecessarily. Most showerheads use twice the water needed for a typical shower. By installing a low-flow showerhead, you can reduce the amount of water used up to 50%. Keep in mind low flow doesn’t mean you loose any pressure, because these showerheads increase the velocity so the shower feels the same.
  • Water efficient toilets. A low- flow toilet uses half the water that a normal one does in flushing. Older toilets use five gallons per flush; newer ones often reduce this to 1.6 gallons per flush. When you multiply that by uses per day, per week, it adds up!
  • Install faucet aerators. You can save around 25 to 40 percent on the hot and cold water running out of each faucet you aerate. Aerators restrict the flow of water, compressing it into a higher-pressure discharge than regular faucets. They also introduce air bubbles into the water, making it feel like there is a larger water flow. They reduce water flow by about 50 percent or more.

There are many other ideas that easy to implement, for more information on what you can do inside your home to save water visit http://www.earthshare.org/tips/waterconservation.html.  Keep in mind just because the fixtures save water does not mean they are not stylish; you will be surprised how beautiful and functional they are. Visit your local home improvement store for some ideas today!