The average American consumes about 23 gallons of bottled water every year. The plastic bottle and the energy required to ship it all take their toll on the planet. Instead of buying bottled water, save your money — and the environment — and purchase a water filter for your kitchen.
A freestanding pitcher with a built-in filter will cost you about $12 to $15; one that attaches directly to your kitchen faucet will run you about $20 to $30. If you’re feeling more ambitious, a whole-house water filter will clean all the water in your home, including the water for the shower and laundry.