Water is an essential resource for life, and one that people often take for granted. Some areas of the country have incorporated water conservation as a matter of necessity, but areas that are blessed with an abundance of water often aren’t as conscientious about their water use. Here are 10 of the best ways you can save water, to cut down on your utility bills, as well as to ensure there’s plenty of water available for future generations.

1 – Take Shorter Showers

Once you become aware of the amount of water you normally waste doing ordinary tasks like showering, you can take a proactive approach on reducing your water use. You can put a small container on the shower floor to catch the water as the temperature gets to a comfortable range. Have your grooming products on hand, so you don’t waste water while you retrieve them. Use a combination shampoo/conditioner product for your hair, instead of separate products that require more water. Lather up and scrub down quickly to reduce water use. And make sure the shower doesn’t continue to drip after your shower, which only sends more water down the drain.

2 – Don’t Leave The Water Running To Do Chores

Whether it’s doing the dishes or brushing your teeth, don't leave the water running while you perform tasks. You can fill the sink with soapy water and rinse in the sink or in a separate bowl of clean water. Only run the water to wet your toothbrush and rinse it after brushing. You can also fill up the sink with water while you shave, and run the water again when you rinse your face.

3 – Take A Bath Instead of Showering

Filling up the bathtub uses less water than even the shortest of showers. If you have the time, choose tub bath instead to use less water for personal grooming. A bath will also help prevent water waste from leg shaving, skin care and other grooming activities.

4 – Keep A Pitcher of Water in Your Refrigerator

Getting a drink from the faucet can often mean letting the water run for a period of time to get cooler water. If you have cold water available in your refrigerator, family members will run large amounts of water from the faucet less frequently.

5 – Restrict Water Use in Your Toilet

Just flushing the toilet can use up to 6 gallons of water for older models. Update your fixture with a low-flow toilet to minimize water use for this purpose. If you can’t change your toilet right away, fill a one-liter bottle with a few inches of sand or pebbles and slip it into your toilet tank to reduce water use.

6 – Only Run Appliances With Full Loads

You can save water by running your washing machine or dishwasher only for laundering full loads. Instead of doing a small load, put it aside until a larger number of items can be run through the cycle. This small change will conserve not only water, but also energy.

7 – Replace Old Appliances With Water Conserving Models

Many of today’s appliances are specifically engineered to use less energy and less water. These features can make a significant difference in your household’s water usage. So, when replacing your appliances, always look for maximum water efficiency models, such as Rheem Hot Water ConradMartens.

8 – Collect Rainwater For Reuse

Re-use of rainwater is one of the most efficient ways to conserve water. A simple set-up can be easily constructed, and the rainwater re-used for watering your garden or areas of lawn. A 55-gallon plastic drum makes the perfect rainwater collection container. A number of different types are available at home improvement and garden supply stores. The container is then positioned under a downspout from your gutter system if you use a suitable gutter attachment to direct the flow into the opening at the top of your container. You should also cover the opening of the container with a piece of window screening, attached with small screws, to prevent animals and insects from getting into the container. If you cut a hole about 4 inches from the bottom, you can attach a spigot to attach to your garden hose.

9 – Regularly Check All Pipes and Faucets For Leaks

A small leak in your home plumbing can waste a significant amount of water over time and run up a huge water bill. At least annually, check pipes under sinks and faucets throughout the house to detect signs of leaking, and if found, have them repaired immediately to prevent water loss.

10 – Update Your Irrigation To A Drip System

If you have a garden or lawn that requires regular watering to keep it maintained well, consider installing a drip irrigation system that uses water much more efficiently. Much of the water sprayed by older systems only wet the surface and is lost to evaporation. A drip system allows deeper wetting of root systems, healthier plants and less water use.

Developing water-saving habits is not difficult. It simply requires a bit of thought and a little time to change your routine. But these changes can make a big difference on your annual water bill and can help you to conserve water for human use now and in the future. Start with one or two of the tips on this list, and you may soon be motivated to incorporate others in your daily life to help save water now and for posterity.

 

Published by Lavismichel Inkel