Easy ways to save water


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – If you think the shower is the biggest water guzzler in your home, think again. When it comes to saving water, the best way to do that is by ripping up your lawn. But it doesn't have to be that complicated. 


If you prefer taking a bath over a shower, you're using 40 to 50 gallons of water every time you take one. A 10-minute shower only uses about 25 gallons. If you really want to save water, cut your shower down to five minutes, which can save you up to one-thousand gallons a month.    


Don't let all of that warmed-up water go to waste no matter which way you get clean. Catch it, or scoop it up with a bucket and use it to water your plants.  


But, the shower isn't the biggest water user in your home. The toilet accounts for more than 26 percent of total water usage. Filling a two-liter bottle with water and putting it in the tank will trick your toilet into using less water.  


Turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth can save up to 50 gallons a week. Fill up a cup with water and use it to rinse instead.    


Plus, fix those leaky faucets. Just one drop per second can waste up to three-thousand gallons of water a year.   


For you meat eaters, according to a water research report, producing one pound of beef requires nearly 18-thousand gallons of water. You don't have to go vegan, but just doing meatless Mondays will save the planet 65-thousand gallons of water per year. 


Click here for a calculator that will show how much water you're using in your home and where you can cut back.