For many water conservation began as a way to reduce their monthly water bill when the fees kept increasing. However, it is now becoming more and more common that water conservancy is absolutely necessary in some areas as water is becoming scarce. Due to this necessity it is no longer just a solution to reducing your bills but is a sustainable option to help your area manage their water supply. There are many ways that you can further conserve water in your home including:
Install rainwater tank – Rainwater tanks can be useful to provide water for flushing toilets, washing clothes etc. and to cut cost of your water bills. Roof areas required to be cleaned and nontoxic, use modern roof restoration which can also be helpful to get maximum percentage of roof area covered. Many home improvement companies provide installation for right water tanks at right price.
Stop the drips – We’ve all had it happen. You have that one faucet that no matter what you do or how hard you turn the knob in the off direction it just will not quit dripping. Even though you’ve tried to fix these leaks it may be time to take a harder look because even the smallest of drips can waste up to 20 gallons of water per day. If you happen to have a bigger leak it can be in the hundreds of gallons!
Don’t flush the toilet unnecessarily – No, this is not saying that you shouldn’t flush after every use. What you should avoid is flushing when you haven’t used the toilet, such as tossing your cigarette or perhaps some Kleenex into the toilet instead of the trash receptacle. Every single time the toilet is flushed that is five to seven gallons of water down the pipes. That adds up to a lot of water over time.
Check the toilet for leaks – When you think of a leaking toilet you probably imagine water all over your floor and if you don’t have that then you assume everything is fine. There is another leak you should check for. Put food coloring (any color) into the tank of your toilet. Do not flush the toilet and go back and check the bowl in about 30 minutes. If the food coloring has leaked into the bowl then you have a leak. Since the water has made it into the bowl that means the tank was signaled that it needed more water so you’ve lost water out of the bowl. Repair parts are fairly inexpensive and this should be an easy weekend fix.
Check the meter – This is a super quick and easy way to know if you’re losing water somewhere in your home. Check your water meter and then wait about two hours and then check it again. During this time make sure that no water is used. If the meter reads differently after two hours then it did when you first checked, then you have a leak.
Consider new faucets and shower heads – An easy way to use a lot less water is to make sure that all of your faucets are fitted with aerators. You will never notice the difference but you’ll use a lot less water. This happens to be the single best water conservation method and it doesn’t even cost that much. As for your showers there is now an abundance of low-flow shower head options available. Simply pick the one you like best and install it. You may also want to keep in mind that the longer your shower is the more water you’re using. For every minute in the shower you will use 5 to 10 gallons of water. If you happen to have kids that like to spend forever in the shower then you should definitely consider a new showerhead. The low-flow options will only use about 2.5 gallons of water per minute which cuts your water usage in half.
Insulation – Insulation is inexpensive and it is extremely easy to install since most will be sold pre-slit so all you have to do is install it around your pipes. Once your pipes are better insulated you will get hot water faster which is always a bonus.
Save water while brushing – We all like to wet our toothbrush before brushing our teeth but most of us will leave the water running until were finished. Doing this day in and day out wastes a lot of water. There is a better method. Just wet your brush, turn off the water while you brush your teeth, and then turn it back on when you’re ready to rinse. Leaving the water on is convenient but over time the brief shut off will feel like second nature.
Cut back while shaving – If you leave the water running while you shave so you can easily rinse your razor then you’re wasting a lot of precious water. Instead of allowing the water to run down the drain, plug your sink and fill it with a few inches of warm water. This water will clean your razor just as well and will save on the gallons going down the drain.
Wash full loads – This tip goes for both dishes and laundry. If you only run these appliances when you have a full load then you’ll have big water savings. If you have an older appliance then you may even want to consider upgrading. There are many options available that are attractive and water-saving. These new options will wash your dishes and clothes just as well but will save you a lot of water.
Hand washing dishes – If you’re a household without a dishwasher then you regularly wash your dishes by hands. You may prefer to leave the water running while you wash so that you can easily rinse the dish before putting it into the drying rack, but you should consider another option. If you have a double wash basin then you should fill one side with soapy water for the dirty dishes and the other side with clean rinse water.
As you can see there are many ways you can cut down on your households water use. By switching up a few of your daily routines you can save gallons upon gallons of water and besides being beneficial to your pocket book it is also great for sustainability and the environment.