They say change begins at home. This saying stands especially true when it comes to caring for the environment. With natural water resources rapidly going extinct, it won’t be long before having clean, usable water will become a luxury for many of us. To prevent this from happening, it is vital to conserve whatever resources we have today – for both our generation and the generations to come.
In this blog, we are going to discuss five easy ways you can follow to save water at home. Read on to learn more!
1) Check For Leaks In All Plumbing Fixtures
First things first, ensure that there are no leaks in your toilets, shower heads, and faucets. Turn off the water supply in your home and check the water meter. Check again after two hours to see if the water meter has moved up. If yes, then there is a leakage. Call for a plumber right away, and if possible, upgrade your plumbing system to high-efficiency models.
2) Never Throw Things Away Down The Toilet
Many people find it easier to flush garbage down their toilet than throwing the waste in a compost bin. Conventional toilets use about 3.5 to 5 gallons of water with every flush (which is a lot of water!). All this water gets wasted when you flush instead of throwing things away.
3) Water Your Lawn Less Frequently
One of the best ways to save water at home is to use it wisely. Instead of watering your lawn every day, do it once every three days to keep it healthy and green. Also, try to avoid watering your lawn between 9 am to 4 pm as water evaporates quickly during this time. Water your lawn in early mornings and in short bursts for efficient results.
4) Run Only Full Loads When Washing Clothes
You can also conserve water while doing laundry and dishes. Make sure to run your machines only when the load is full. This way, you will be using your dishwasher and washing machine once a week or even less, cutting down effectively on water usage.
5) Don’t Leave The Faucet On
Turn the faucet off once you wet your toothbrush and start brushing your teeth. You can turn the water on in between for rinsing and cleaning your mouth. Similarly, while doing dishes, first use a dishpan for soapy water, and then rinse the dishes with clean water instantly. This technique is very effective in saving water.
6) Shorten The Duration Of Your Showers
Try to take showers instead of baths, as showers utilize less amount of water. To save even more, limit the time you spend in the bathroom while showering. Every minute that you cut down saves about three to six gallons of water. So get into the shower and clean yourself quickly, while pausing the water in between for shampooing.
7) Install Water Efficient Devices
Using water-efficient appliances at home also helps in conserving a significant amount of water. If you have an old washing machine, think about replacing it with a new one that is certified by Energy Star. Also, take note of how much water it requires per cubic foot of laundry when buying a new machine. It is best to go for machines that need less water.
Are you planning to replace your old toilet with a new, water-efficient one? Count on our master plumbers at Snell Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning for professional and affordable installation services! We do the installation and repair work for most brands and models. Reach out to us at 301-459-5888.