Water is literally the essence of all life. It protects humans, plants, and animals. Unfortunately, we tend to take this essential substance for granted by wasting it. Water cannot be manufactured in a lab, so when it’s gone, it surely won’t find its way back. In order to conserve water consumption in your home, try following the below tips. Remember, every little step counts towards saving gallons of water each year.
General Indoor Saving Tips
- Turn off the tap or faucet when it’s not in use – especially when you’re brushing your teeth or washing dishes
- Check faucets and pipes for leaks – even the smallest drip from a faucet can waste 20 gallons of water daily
- Keep non-human waste out of your toilet and don’t flush cigarette butts and other trash
- Only run your dishwasher and washing machine when they are full
- Keep a reusable bottle or pitcher of drinking water in the fridge so you don’t have to run the tap every time you’re thirsty
- Insulate your water pipes in order to avoid wasting water while it heats up
Kitchen and Laundry
Both kitchen and laundry rooms account for almost 15% of water consumption in your home. These tips will help you conserve in those areas:
- Do not rinse dishes before loading them in the dishwasher
- Install low-flow faucet aerators – these can cut water use in half saving 1-2 gallons per minute
- If you’re in the market for new appliances, buy energy efficient models that are ENERGY STAR® rated, like a water-saving front-loading washer
- Avoid using your sink’s garbage disposal because garburators require a large amount of water to function. Instead, start a compost pile to dispose of food waste.
The bathroom accounts for 75% of the water usage in your home. Sadly, this is where the most water-wasting occurs. In order to save water in the bathroom, try these ideas:
- Unless you have ridiculously long hair, try keeping your showers to a minimum of four minutes. You should also avoid washing your hair every day – not only is it better for your scalp, it also helps conserve water
- Install a low-flow showerhead – this can save you at least 2 gallons of water per minute
- Wipe your shower accessories with a damp cloth shortly after you finish taking a shower. This will rid your shower caddy and faucets of residue that can lead to lime build up. By wiping them down after each shower you won’t have to clean them as much; thus, reducing your water consumption
- If you think your toilet is running, put a square of dry toilet paper at the back of the bowl. If the square stays dry until the next flush then you’re in the clear. A running toilet can waste more than 4,000 gallons of water per year
- Purchase a tank bank (sometimes known as a float booster). This device can save you at least ten gallons of water daily
- Replace your old toilet with a low-volume option to cut your water usage by 30%
There are a number of simple steps you can take to the house in order to conserve water. Remember, most water usage occurs in the bathroom, as well as the kitchen and laundry room. Ensuring that you take even the simplest step to preserve water will lead the earth down a path of larger quantities of available water!
Anne Flemings loves interior designing and is always in pursuit of the latest changes and trends in home improvement. Her other interests lie in cooking, painting, and blogging. She is an enthusiast homemaker who lives in Toronto with her husband and two kids. She can be followed on Twitter.