When it comes to living a more eco-friendly life, most of the advice you’ll get is about using less plastic, conserving energy, and reducing your carbon footprint. Unfortunately, that means water conservation is often left out of the picture. If you’re struggling to find ways to use less water at home, here are a few tips that can help.
Utilize Low-Flow and Low-Flush Appliances
One of the best things you can do to aid in water conservation at home is to invest in low-flow and low-flush options for your appliances. Even though 34% of recent home buyers were looking to avoid renovations with plumbing, this is one renovation that will seriously save you in the long run. Low-flow showerheads and low-flush toilets can make a world of difference when it comes to using less water in your home. If you’re a homeowner and you’re looking for ways to be more eco-friendly, this is a home improvement project you should definitely put on your list. Better yet, make it part of the bathroom remodel you were already in the middle of planning.
Turn it Off!
Unfortunately, not all of us have the luxury of owning our own homes. If you’re living in one of the 42.6 million rental housing units in the U.S., there’s no need to fret. There are still ways you can conserve water! One of the simplest ways to use less water in your rented apartment or home is to simply turn it off when you don’t need it. You might not be able to shut off water to your entire apartment, but it’s pretty easy to turn off the faucet while you’re brushing your teeth. In addition, consider keeping a pitcher of water in your fridge for easy access to an ice-cold beverage. Not only does it keep your water frosty, but it saves you the trouble of keeping your faucet on until the water gets as cold as you want it to be. Conserving water can really be as simple as finding ways to keep the faucet turned off throughout the day.
Install a Rain Barrel
Rain barrels might not be suitable for collecting water intended for indoor use, but they’re a boon when you have a garden that needs watering and you want to cut back on your water usage. And if you’re big on DIY projects then this is the perfect water conservation plan for you. While it’s possible to purchase a rain barrel, you can just as easily make one for yourself. All you’ll need is a barrel with a lid and an attachment for your gutters that redirects rainwater into the barrel. Once you have your barrel, cut a small hole or a few small holes in the top. This will allow water to collect in your barrel while keeping the critters out. After you’ve set up your gutters to redirect water into your barrel, simply wait for the next rain! Once enough water collects, you’ll be able to use it to keep your garden growing.
Share Your Knowledge
It feels good to know you’re contributing to a more eco-friendly environment with your actions. But keeping your knowledge to yourself can end up doing more harm than good! For instance, let’s say you love succulents. When a friend asks you how to properly water theirs, sharing your knowledge about watering every two weeks or so can help them learn to care for their plants properly. The same concept applies to water conservation. If you have knowledge and tools to help you with water conservation, chances are there’s a friend or neighbor who could use your help. Sharing your findings on social media or even at your next community meeting could help your entire neighborhood be more eco-friendly and conserve more water in the long run.
Conserving water is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to living a more eco-friendly life. But with these tips, you should be on your way in no time at all.