Save 40,000 Gallons of Water Annually with 3 Water-Saving Appliances

High Efficiency Front-Loading Washing MachineThe average American household uses about 146,000 gallons of water per year or 400 gallons a day. And most of that is used indoors. You can save water, save money and help the environment by making smart decisions on new appliances for your Hastings area home.


The toilets in your home may be the biggest water user in your home, accounting for almost 27% of your water usage. Older toilets use 3.5 to 7 gallons of water per flush! Upgrading them to the current standard of 1.6 gallons per flush could save you 4,000 gallons of water every year. 
In addition, many older toilets may be silently leaking, wasting 200 gallons of water per day. You can instantly save water by fixing these leaks or replacing the toilet.

Washing machine

The number two water user in your home is the washing machine. It is responsible for about 22% of your home’s water consumption. Washing machines manufactured before 1998 use as much as 54 gallons of water per load. Since most homes do about 300 loads of laundry per year, this is a lot of water.
New washing machines use 27 gallons or less per load with high efficiency washers using only 14 gallons, which means upgrading can save you 12,000 gallons a year!


16.8% of the water use of an average household goes toward showers. So it is plain to see that installing a low-flow showerhead can quickly save much water. Old showerheads use as much as 6 gallons of water per minute while newer low-flow models use as little as 2.5 gallons per minute. 
During a 10-minute shower, that is a 35-gallon savings. In a household of two, with only one shower per day, you could save over 24,000 gallons each year.
Not ready to invest in one of these new appliances? Check out another one of our blogs on everyday ways to reduce your water use
O’Connor’s Benjamin Franklin provides plumbing repair, service and installation to Hastings, Minnesota and the surrounding areas. Contact us online for more information.
Statistics and water-savings resources: EPA WaterSense and ENERGY STAR

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