One of the biggest environmental concerns of our time that doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it should is the water shortage some parts of the world are facing, including many major cities. Many of us know that we should be trying to conserve resources in any way we can, but not enough of us know that water is one of those resources. When it comes to water, every little bit helps, and it starts with conserving what you can in your own home. To help you out, here are five ways you can conserve water in your own home.
Adjustments while taking a shower is one way you can save a considerable amount of water. Obviously, taking shorter showers can go a long way towards saving water, roughly two to five gallons per minute. Yes, the shower can be a nice place to relax, but doing your best to finish up faster can conserve a good amount of water. Also, installing a low-flower showerhead can save an additional two gallons per minute in the shower. Once again, this is sacrificing some comfort, but can make a significant impact in water conservation.
Washing dishes is another area where you can save some water. For starters, there are new dishwashers available that are more efficient with their use of water, saving up to three gallons per load. It would also be best not to use the dishwasher unless it is completely full, as you’ll just have to do more loads, which will use up more water. Also, if possible, you should avoid rinsing the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. This is essentially double dipping on water, and avoiding this habit can save more than a dozen gallons per load.
The washing machine is another appliance that can help you save water. Once again, the new models are more efficient and can save dozens of gallons per load. Also, much like dishwashers, you shouldn’t use a washing machine unless you have a full load, as smaller loads of laundry utilize more water per pound of laundry than you would if the machine is full.
Toilets are another frontier of water conservation. An ultra-low volume toilet will use roughly 70% less water per flush, and has a chance to cut your total in-home water use by up to 30%. In lieu of that, a float booster, even a homemade one, can help you save up to 10 gallons per day from your toilet. If you go about it the right way, you won’t cause any damage to your toilet, and you’ll conserve a substantial amount of water.
Finally, check and insulate your pipes. Even a tiny leak in a pipe or faucet can waste hundred of gallons per year, which is a loss the world can’t afford. On top of that, you can insulate your pipes so that water heats up faster. This will prevent you from wasting water while you wait for it to heat up, and the water you can conserve by doing that will be significant.