Water is essential to all life and the world is faced with a pressing question: How to conserve it? The solution requires a collective effort, and you can do your part by reducing the amount of water you use in your home.
The demand for fresh, clean water is increasing and there are a number of effective ways that help reduce water consumption in your home. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
Turn Off the Faucet
While brushing your teeth, it is best to turn off your faucet while you’re doing so. In the United States, around 4 million people wear bracelets and about 75% of these people are under 18. Maintaining good tooth brushing habits is essential, but conserving water while you’re building those habits is an easy addition to the routine. If your faucet is leaking, consider repairing it or even better, install a low, high-efficient aerator to your faucet. Every drop counts and doing this can save gallons of water and reduce your monthly water bill.
Take Shorter Showers
Spending less time in the shower can save huge amounts of water. When you’re in the shower, try timing yourself. If a normal shower takes 12 minutes, see how much time you can shave off of that in the future. When you reach your goal time, consider turning off the water for activities like shaving. A more conservative effort is installing water-efficient showerheads. These cut the flow of water by up to 50% or even more.
Invest in Routine Plumbing Check Ups
The average household leak can waste thousands of gallons of water. It’s easier not to notice leaks that are outside the house. Check and fix leaks in pipes, hoses, and faucets. This helps conserve water and reduce water bills. In addition, make sure you’re tasking a professional with these checks. To the untrained eye, a serious plumbing issue may go unnoticed.
Install Low-Flow Toilets at Home
One way to cut down on water use is by installing low-flow or dual-flush toilet models. Toilets use a decent amount of water in the house. By installing low-flow or dual-flush models, you can save up to 34% of the water typically used to flush. In addition, make sure you’re not flushing your toilet unnecessarily. If you need to use a piece of toilet paper or tissue while you’re in the bathroom, chuck it in the waste bin instead of trying to flush it.
Use a High-Efficiency Washing Machine
High-efficiency washing machines can use almost 70% less water and can wash a bigger load than a traditional washer. Therefore, it’s best to limit your washing cycles to when you have a full load. In addition, try to use cool or cold water for your washing cycles. In addition to conserving water, this will help you conserve energy at home.
Consider Reusing Your Gray Water
Collecting water used in cooking, cleaning, or bathing can be a great way to conserve water. This water is called gray water and you can water your plants or lawn with it. This repurposing of water conserves water. Just be sure not to water your plants with water that has soap or industrial chemicals. In addition, don’t use repurposed water for drinking or cooking. When the U.S. spends almost three times what other countries spend on healthcare, it’s not worth risking your health just to conserve a little bit of water.
As you can see, water conservation is important. There are water storage tanks that are over 100 years old, and while these were initially built to make life easier, the convenience of having free-flowing water in the house can lead to more waste.