Water is a limited resource that we need to preserve. While concern for the environment is why some people try to save water at home, having a lower water bill is another motivating factor. Here are some tips to help conserve around your house.
1. Repair Plumbing Leaks to Save Water at Home
Leaky faucets and running toilets are wasteful. Plumbing leaks can be sneaky. A toilet that silently leaks from the tank to the bowl isn’t obvious. Putting a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank is an easy test to discover such a leak. Wait for half an hour. If you see color in the bowl, the toilet is leaking. Repairing plumbing leaks is one way to save water.
2. Don’t Let the Faucet Run
People often let the faucet run while we perform routine tasks like face washing, shaving, teeth brushing, washing dishes, and handwashing. To conserve more water, turn off the faucet when it’s not necessary during these activities
3. Wash a Full Load
Wait until you have a full load of dishes or laundry before you turn on the dishwasher or washing machine. Running half of a load means you’ll need twice as much water to get the same amount of dishes or laundry clean.
4. Save Water at Home Outdoors
Lawn maintenance requires an enormous amount of water. Consider replacing your lawn with a garden of drought-tolerant plants that need to be watered less frequently than a grassy lawn. Installing a rain barrel to collect rainwater gives you a source of free water for your garden. When you’re cleaning up outside your home, use a broom or leaf blower instead of the garden hose to clean driveways, walkways, and patios.
5. Upgrade Appliances and Fixtures
Today’s high-efficiency washing machines and energy-efficient dishwashers use much less water than older models. If your toilet was installed before 1994, it probably uses 3.5 gallons per flush. Modern toilets with the EPA WaterSense label use no more than 1.28 gallons per flush. Faucet aerators and low-flow showerheads are inexpensive upgrades that also help save water at home.
6. Keep Track of Your Water Bill
Your monthly bill lists how much water your household uses during each billing period. If you notice a dramatic increase in the volume of water your household is using, address the issue. Has there been a lifestyle change that would explain the increase? If not, you probably have a plumbing leak to find and repair.
7. Change Your Bathing Habits
Showers use less water than filling the bathtub. Take fewer baths and shorter showers to save water at home. Set a timer to remind yourself that shower time is over.