When you live in a desert, water makes the summer heat bearable. You might feel like taking an ice bath is the only way to cool down after a few minutes outside. But when a drought hits your region, you have to keep track of your water use. Luckily, water conservation comes with benefits-you reduce your bills, prevent pollution in the watershed, and enhance the life of your plumbing system.
Check out these 11 simple tips that will help you save water in every area in your home. We want to show you that you can obey your city’s water restrictions without harming your lifestyle.
- Stop the Drip. Leaky faucets can damage your appliances, and they waste an enormous amount of water. One dripping faucet can use up to 20 gallons of water in a single day. Call a plumber to fix leaks before they ruin your pipes or damage your interior, and you’ll do a service to the environment as well.
- Read Your Water Meter. If you don’t have any noticeable leaks in your home, check for less obvious ones by reading your water meter. Read your meter, and then turn off all the water in our house for a couple of hours. Afterwards, check the meter again to see if the numbers have changed. If you spot a difference, you’ll know that you have a leak that needs fixing.
- Insulate Your Pipes. If it takes a few minutes for your tap water to heat up, consider inexpensive pipe insulation. You’ll protect your pipes, and as an added bonus, you won’t waste water while you wait for the temperature to rise.
- Ask for a Pressure Reduction. Your plumbing specialist can manually change the settings on your pressure reducing valve (if one is installed) and reduce your water pressure by 30%. Though pressure-reducing valves won’t change the amount of water going to your washing machine or dishwasher, you’ll see the difference in your faucets-and in your water bill.
- Choose a Water Saver Toilet. To qualify as a “Water Saver” toilet, models use between 0.8 and 1.6 gallons per flush. When you choose a water-conserving toilet, you save up to 5 gallons of water over every time you visit the restroom.
If the toilets in your home use larger amounts of water, think about investing in a new water saver toilet.
- Don’t Flush Unless Absolutely Necessary. Don’t use your toilet as a substitute for a garbage can. You shouldn’t flush tissues or other liquid bathroom waste, and you definitely shouldn’t flush prescription meds. Dispose of your unwanted bathroom waste the appropriate way, and use your toilet’s flow only when the occasion demands it.
- Bathe Only as a Luxury. Baths on average waste twice as much water as a shower. If you like the soothing sensation of a hot bath after a long day at work, try taking a short hot shower to relax your muscles.
For longer soaks, get out to a spa where water treatments keep the water clean without wasting it down the drain.
- Time Your Showers. One site suggests that listening to the radio helps you keep track of how many songs pass before you rinse off and get out.
- Keep a Bucket in the Shower. If you struggle to limit your shower time, at least make good use of the water you consume. Let a bucket or large bowl fill up with your dirty shower water and then use it to hydrate your yard.
- Avoid Using Your Disposal Every Day. To work properly, sink disposals need a constant flow of water. When you fill your disposal with food waste, you end up wasting water down the sink and filling your pipes with more solid waste.
If you throw out solid waste or put it in a compost pile, you’ll increase the lifespan of your plumbing and conserve water at the same time.
- Purchase a Low-Flow Faucet Aerator. This cheap option allows you to add pressurized air into your water flow. You’ll get the same sensation as a faucet running at full blast, but you’ll save a significant amount of water.
Most aerators cost little, and you can use them all over the house. Ask your plumbing professional for aerator options in the kitchen and bathroom.
Most of the above options won’t cost you much time or money, and they’ll help you feel good about your environmental impact. Every drop of water you save contributes to the vitality of your entire community. When you save money on your water bill, you’ll also save the environment from drought and pollution.
Ask your plumbing specialist for more products and services that can conserve water in your home.