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The average American person uses 100 gallons of water every day.

That's enough to fill two bathtubs. Did you know you pay twice for most of that water: once for the water itself and once for the cost of heating it. Reducing the amount of water you use can mean big savings. Here is how you can save water in your home and backyard.

House Water Savings Tips

Don't flush money down the toilet. Fix your leaky toilet and save 200 gallons of water per day. Turn off the water while you're brushing your teeth or shaving. You'll save eight gallons of water every day. Save money in the shower by installing low flow showerheads. They use 1/3 less water. At the store, look for the water save label on showerheads, toilets, and bathrooms. It's a smart choice that will save you money.

In the kitchen, it pays to think ahead. Put frozen food overnight in the fridge instead of running the water for thawing. And don't let the water run when you're cleaning fruits and vegetables. Fill up the sink instead. When it's time to clean up, load up the dishwasher completely. It costs the same to wash one dish as a full load.

Laundry piling up? Good for you. Washing full loads is the way to go. The washer fills up with water whether it has a single item or a full load. 

Use the cold water setting. You won't have to pay for heating the water too. Only use hot water for very dirty clothes. When it's time for a new washer, choose an Energy Star model. It uses less than half the water and energy of a standard machine. Get qualified swimming pool contractors to help you build a swimming pool that saves water.

Backyard Water Saving Tips

If you want your lawn to look great all summer, you've got to give it water. If you give it too much water, you're going to go bankrupt. And if you don't give it enough, you're going to have a brown lawn. The height you cut your lawn can have a big impact in really hot weather. Raise your mowing height so that you give your grass a little bit more of a buffer against the heat. Raise the height on your lawnmower by about an inch higher than you normally do now. That's going to vary with the lawnmower model, but it's usually going to be about one or two clicks higher on your mower's adjustment. This simple thing can make a big difference in improving the health of your lawn through the whole summer.

If you water at the wrong time, you're going to waste water and you might not get enough water to the roots, and you'll still have problems. The ideal time to water is between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. because the sun is not going to be high in the sky. So the water is going to get soaked in and go to the roots where it needs to be. 

Technology Saves Water

If you've got a sprinkler system, whether it's built-in or something you put on top of the lawn, make sure that you have a sensor to know that if it's already rained to not run the sprinklers. These sensors cost very little and they're easy to install. It can save you wasting a ton of water on those days that the lawn is already wet. If you don't want to install one of those sensors, an even better option is to take your old sprinkler control and replace it with the ultra-modern Internet-based sprinkler controller. 

It connects to your smartphone and the Internet. So this is much better than just a rain sensor because this not only knows if it did rain, it also knows the weather forecast, and it uses probability to only shut the sprinklers off if it's absolutely certain it's going to rain. It saves you doing work, and ultimately it saves water.

Saving Water

So any of these options can make a big difference in how much water you're putting down. Whether you live in a drought zone or are perpetually wet, conserving water still makes a difference. Every drop can, and should, count.

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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.


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Indeed, technology saves

Indeed, technology saves water. A recirculation pump for water heater is a proven effective water saving tool. They can be purchased at

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