5 Water-Saving Tips for Earth Day and Beyond

Be a friend of the Earth by using 5 simple methods in your smart home

April 20, 2021

EARTHDAY.ORG has been hosting important environmental events on Earth Day since 1970, And now, the Biden Administration is also urging global leaders to make climate commitments for Earth Day. You can be a part of the change to improve the global environment as well by planting more trees with initiatives like the Canopy Project, or by simply saving more water in your daily life.

As an EPA WaterSense partner, Aeon Matrix is here to share 5 tips about how to save water.

1. Turn Off the Tap When Brushing Your Teeth

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, the average person brushes for 45-70 seconds a day even though 240 seconds is the recommended time. If you fully commit to your dental health, letting your faucet run for 4 minutes every day does not seem too wise. Be mindful that just one minute of running faucet water every day a year can fill up your bathtub 30 times. Keeping the faucet off is definitely a good and simple habit to keep up with that can make a substantial impact on the Earth.

2. Take Shorter Showers

How long do you spend in the shower? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the average time a person spends in the shower is around 8 minutes. In general, spending less than 15 minutes is recommended. Cutting down your shower time can save water as well as heating energy. One efficient way to save water is to simply turn off the faucet while scrubbing your body, and turn it back on only when it’s time to rinse off.
Prevent water run-off

3. Reuse Water When Possible

Domestic water consumption makes up to 8% of total global water use according to UN-Water. The wastewater can be recycled from a variety of sources – you can reuse the water from washing vegetables and excess drinking water, use a shower bucket, collect rainfall, and so on. All can be achieved by really basic home methods.
Water when the lawn needs it

4. Use a Smart Sprinkler Controller

You may be surprised to learn your lawn needs less water than you think. In fact, nearly 50% of water used outdoors is wasted due to inefficient irrigation systems, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It is crucial to use an EPA WaterSense certified sprinkler controller, with a Smart Program that knows when your lawn needs watering, and the right time it takes to soak down into the roots.

Another tip is to water your lawn when the temperature is at its lowest – typically in the early morning or late evening – to reduce water lost to evaporation. The allowable watering hours can be set up in the “Smart Program Hours” of the Smart Program as well.

Check for leaks in pipes

5. Check for Leaky Faucets and Pipes

If you notice a water pool under your sink or a steady drip from a turned-off faucet, chances are you’re facing a leaky pipe or valve in your house. As for outside your house, it may be difficult to notice, but it’s not a problem if you’re using the Yardian Pro smart sprinkler controller with the flow sensor. It will detect unusual flows and notify you immediately to check for possible leaky pipes or faulty valves.

Do the difficult things while they are easy, and do the great things while they are small. Together with Aeon Matrix, you can build a smart and wise home. Let’s be friends with the Earth and make every day Earth Day.