How You Can Conserve Water at Home
Water. It’s literally something that we can’t live without. But with population continually increasing and people using more and more water in nonessential ways, it’s going to be harder and harder to find enough clean, fresh water for everyone.
Scientists have long been working on ways to refine recycled water to help us renew our supply, but that won’t stop the cost of water from going up if our usage continues to rise as well. Help to conserve water at home – and save yourself some money! – with these simple tips.
Shower faster. Yes, we know how nice it feels to stand under that hot water, but do you really need to take showers that last 15 minutes – or longer? For most of us, five minutes is long enough to soap up, shampoo, and condition. And really, what more do you have to do in the shower?
Don’t let it run. Whether it’s while brushing our teeth or washing dishes by hand, way too many of us have this tendency to let the faucet run. This can waste tens of gallons of water each and every time you do it. Next time, only turn the water on for brushing when you’re wetting the toothbrush and rinsing it off. And for washing dishes, fill up the sink instead of letting the water run while you scrub.
Make sure it’s full. This is another one that applies to more than one thing. Even though many modern washers have multiple settings depending on how big your load is, it’s still a waste of water – and your money – to run the wash for a tiny load. Some studies show that you could be wasting up to 1,000 gallons of water every month on small loads. Wait until you can fill the washer before cleaning your laundry and you’ll be making far more efficient use of water and energy. This is doubly true for dishwashers, many of which use the same amount of water no matter how many dishes are inside.
Invest in low-flow. Low-flow toilets, shower heads, and faucets are great ways to keep your water use down without having to change much about your habits. Even better, for the most part it doesn’t cost all that much to upgrade. Just how good are they? Well, taking shower heads as an example, every minute you have them running you are likely using 5 to 10 gallons of water. But with a low-flow shower head, this amount drops to below 2.5 gallons each minute.
Check for leaks. You might not think that tiny drip from your bathroom faucet is a big deal, but you’d be surprised how much water you can waste in a day. Small leaks can waste upwards of 20 gallons, and larger leaks might use hundreds of gallons. How do you know if you’re leaking if you can’t see or hear anything? You don’t need to call in a plumber – just go out and check your water meter over a two-hour period when you’re not using any water in the house. If it changes over that time, you have a leak somewhere.
Flush waste, not trash. Way too many of us look at our toilets as a liquid trashcan, but using it in this way is a terrible waste. If you’re flushing facial tissue, cigarette butts, and other types of waste, experts say you could be using up to seven unnecessary gallons of water every single day.
These tips aren’t even close to all that’s out there. If you really want to work on saving water – and money – in your home, a little bit of research will net you with hundreds of easy ways to do just that.
About the author: Adam Franklin is a respected freelance writer with years of experience covering the environmental and health industries. When he’s not writing, you can find Adam reviewing hotels like Thunderbird Suites. Visit Thunderbird’s site for more information.