Saving the amount of water we use at home is a great way of contributing significantly to protecting the environment. It helps conserve our water sources and reduce carbon pollution. Treatment of waste water uses a lot of energy and increases the carbon pollution. By conserving water at home, we reduce the demand for more water and reducing the pressure on the already scarce water sources.
There are very few places on this planet that are water secure. Therefore, water efficiency is a great concern for everyone and not only for people living in dry areas. Fresh water sources are disappearing because of the increase in population and global warming effects. It is possible to save household water without affecting normal life at home. By improving plumbing efficiency and using water-efficient appliances we can reduce water saving by more than 30% and reduce bills.
The following are some of the ways you can save water at home:
Ensuring that all the plumbing is intact and the appliances utilizing water have no leaks. Replace the old toilets with the new and more water efficient ones, check sprinklers, steady faucet drips for any signs of leaks.
The old toilets used to waste a lot of water with every flush, by installing new toilets you could save up to 30,000 gallons of water every year. The same applies to the old clothes washers that are water inefficient. Replace them with the newer clothes washers that have ENERGY STAR qualifications. Wash more clothes with less water and reduce water bills.
Efficient Water Use
Save water used for irrigation by planting plants that are suitable for the climate in your area. Drought resistant plants use less water and can be great for landscaping as well. This is great for areas that are very dry and need lots of water for irrigating landscapes. Plants should only be watered when necessary to conserve water use. Irrigation controllers should be constantly monitored to ensure more water is saved. Controlling irrigation using humidity sensors will help save water depending on the climate.
Brushing your teeth while the tap is running wastes over 5 liters of water every minute. Always turn off the tap when you brush your teeth. Save more water every time you flush the toilet by placing a cistern device in your toilet.
Shower with less water by reducing the time you spend in the shower. Wait to wash all the clothes in the washing machines instead of washing few clothes more often. The same applies to the dishwasher.
Dripping taps waste thousands of liters of water every year fixing them would be a huge water saving. Avoid using hosepipes that waste thousands of liters and save water by using watering cans. Protect plants from evaporation by mulching and save irrigation water.
Leaving the tap running to get cold water actually wastes water, therefore, keep some cold water in the refrigerator to drink.
If you do not have a water meter then you could consider installing one to monitor your water usage. Never forget that saving water is saving lives!