When you brush your teeth, do you let the water run down the drain until you’re ready to rinse? Most people don’t think twice about it but you can save water and money by turning off the water while you are brushing your teeth!
The average person will turn on the water, rinse off their toothbrush, apply toothpaste, brush teeth, spit a couple times, brush a little more, rinse off the toothbrush, gargle with mouth =wash, swish that around a bit, spit it out, rinse out sink, and finally turn off water.
The average person brushes their teeth two to three times a day, making their water usage 36 gallons of water per person per day. The average cost of water is $0.003/gallon. So if a single person uses 13,129 gallons of water a year to brush their teeth, this costs almost $40 per year for one person to brush their teeth.
Turn Off the Tap: Turning off the water between wetting your toothbrush and rinsing your mouth is one of the simplest and most effective ways to save water while brushing your teeth. Shutting off the tap instead of letting it run continuously can save your family up to 10 gallons of water daily.
Aerate Your Faucet: Using a faucet aerator on your bathroom faucet is a great, cost-effective method of saving water at home. The aerator introduces tiny air bubbles into your faucet’s flow so you use less water overall while brushing your teeth.
Use A Cup: Instead of filling your hands with water to rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth, use a cup. Fill the cup with water and use that water to rinse your mouth. Experiment with different amounts of water until you’re filling the cup with just enough water to rinse your mouth.
Limit Your Water Pressure: Reduce your home’s water pressure by using a self-installed pressure-reducing valve. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, cutting your water pressure from 100 PSI to 50 PSI cuts your use by approximately a third.
As an added savings tip,
use cold water to reduce your monthly bill even further!
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