Every day, we unintentionally waste gallons of water in our homes. Leaks, unusual high water pressure, faulty toilets – all these help waste water that we cannot afford to lose. Not only does wasted water add to your monthly water bill, it also empties earth’s limited clean water sources. While it may seem that the amount of water is unlimited on earth, clean water is not. Only 3% of the water on Earth is fit for human use. And every day we waste more of it.
So, to save some money and the environment, here are a few tips on how to save water at home:
Fix leaky pipes and dripping faucets
Leaky pipes and dripping faucets are some of the major sources of water loss in your homes. One dripping faucet can waste more than 15 liters of water in a single day, which adds up to 5500 liters a years. If there are more leaks, the amount multiplies. Leaks in pipes similarly waste large amounts of water. So, fix the leaks and dripping in your plumbing system and save water. (This blog will tell you how to fix leaks and other common plumbing problems by yourself)
Fix running toilets
Running toilets are another major cause of water loss at homes. It can leak up to 200 gallons of water in a day. However, leaky toilets are not as easy to spot as busted pipes or dripping faucets. To check if your toilet is running, add some dye to the water in your tank and leave the toilet alone for a few hours. If the water in your toilet bowl changes color, the toilet is running. Get it fixed as soon as possible.
Check for slow leaks
Besides pipes and toilets, there might be other inconspicuous leaks in your plumbing system. To check for slow inconspicuous leaks, turn off all the faucets in your house before going to sleep. Check the water meter and note down the number there. Make sure no one opens any tap or flushes the toilet at night. In the morning, check your water meter again. If there is any change in numbers, you have a slow leak that you need to check immediately.
Install water efficient faucets and plumbing fixtures
Whenever you need to replace any plumbing fixture, replace it with a water efficient version. You can easily install inexpensive water saving low flow showerheads and save up to 7.5 gallons per minute. And if you reduce the time it takes for you to shower, you’ll be saving 5-10 gallons per minute. Aerators attached to faucets can also decrease the amount of water per minute without affecting the water pressure.
Reuse gray water
Recycling is not just for paper and plastic products. Recycle the water that you use in your homes everyday and reduce your daily water use. Have a water butt installed to your drain pipes. You can use the collected gray water to water your plants, clean your windows or wash your cars. If you are building or renovating your home, consider installing a gray water treatment system in your home.
Run full loads on washing machines and dish washers
Washing machines and dish washers use a lot of water. A dishwasher uses 15 gallons of water in one load and a washing machine uses 40-55 gallons (18-25 gallons for water saving washing machines) per load, no matter the amount of dishes or clothes you’re washing. As you can see, multiple washes with little amounts of clothes or dishes can waste large amounts of water. So, let the dishes and dirty laundry accumulate and run these appliances only when full.
Reduce water in each flush
Your toilet uses around 5-7 gallons of water per flush. Place a cistern displacement system (ask your water provider) in your toilet to reduce the amount of water you use per flush. If you’re installing a new toilet, buy a low flush toilet that will only use 1-2 gallons of water per use instead of the customary 5-7 gallons. You will be cutting you total indoor water use by 30%.
Don’t flush trash through your toilet
Your toilet is not your trash can. So, instead of flushing cigarette butts, facial tissues and other small objects, down the toilet, thrown them into the trash can where they belong. Not only will you be saving 6- 7 gallons of water per use, you will also be reducing chances of clogs and sewer backups in your toilet.
Check your water pressure
Get in touch with your local water authority to find out what the water pressure is in your street. If the water pressure is more than 60 pounds per square inch you will need to install a pressure reducing valve that will limit the water pressure within your home, as such high water pressure not only increases water household consumption, it will also damage your plumbing system.
Don’t let the water run
Most Americans have the habit of letting the water run as they brush their teeth, shave or wash up. This way, you waste 6 liters of water per minute. Try turning off the faucet while you brush or shave. Or, to make the process easier, instead of running the faucet, simply take a glass of water and use it to wet your brush and rinse.
In sink garbage disposals use large amounts of water (up to 4 gallons per minute). So use it sparingly. Instead of using your garbage disposal to get rid of kitchen waste, throw it into the trash can. Or better yet, start a compost pile. On top of saving water, you’ll also be getting free fertilizers for your garden.
Don’t over water your garden and lawn
We usually water our gardens more often than needed. Most lawns only need 1 inch of water per week. To see if your lawn needs to be watered, step on the grass. If the grass springs up again after you move, it needs no watering. Also, consider letting the grass grow up to 3 inches. It will increase water retention in the soil, reducing the need to water often.
Follow these 12 tips to save on your water bills and contribute to the environment. Mother Earth Thanks you in advance for your efforts.
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