Easy Ideas for Saving Water at Home
Whether you’re promoting environmental health, or just hoping to cut down on monthly bills, water conservation is a small yet impactful change you can make right in your own home.
Leaks. Hundreds, even thousands of gallons of water are wasted each year because of household leaks. No matter if it’s a faucet, toilet, pipe, slow leak or fast, you’ll want to get it fixed right away. It may not seem like much, but it will make a noticeable difference in your monthly bills.
Load it up. Hold off on running the dishwasher and washing machine until you have a full load to wash. However, that’s not always realistic. So, be sure to adjust your settings to match smaller loads.
Faucets off. Conventional faucets flow about three gallons of water a minute, and conventional shower heads about five gallons. Turning off the water while washing your hands, the dishes, brushing your teeth or even shampooing your hair, can go a long way.
Two in one. We waste gallons of water daily just letting the shower or dishwater heat up. The next time you’re waiting for hot water, catch the cool stream in a bucket and use it later to clean or flush the toilet. And to help your water heat up a little faster, try insulating your pipes with pre-slit foam.
Efficient fixtures. Install fixtures like a low-flow toilet, efficient shower heads and a WaterSense®-rated dishwasher or washing machine. These upgrades will cut down big time on your daily water use and eventually pay for themselves. Even a simple upgrade like aerating your faucets will help lower your bills.
Rain barrel. Water has never been more free! The rainwater you collect in your barrel can be used for multiple purposes around the house, including watering your garden and washing your car.
Plants. If you’re landscaping, consider switching to low-water or drought-resistant plants and grass to cut down on watering. Blanketing the base of your plants with organic mulch can help retain moisture. Early morning watering can help reduce evaporation and the number of slugs and other garden pests you’ll have to deal with. And to kill two birds with one stone, pair this idea with the rain barrel tip to save even more.
Pool covers. Weather and size play a part in how much water a single pool loses thanks to evaporation. But on average, it’s about ¼ inch of water a day, which can range between 10,000 and 20,000 gallons a year. That’s not even counting the water lost from simply splashing around. Investing in a pool cover will help cut your losses.
Spray vs. sweep. Rather than using the hose to spray off patios and sidewalks, use a broom to sweep away debris. If you absolutely need water, consider dipping your broom into a little water or attaching a water-efficient spray nozzle to your hose.
There are a number of ways to save water around the house that go beyond this list, but incorporating just a few of these is sure to help you save more than just water in the long run.
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