Ways To Conserve Water
With shortages of fresh
With the possibility of longer and more severe droughts brought on by climate change, it is more important than ever that we find ways to conserve our fresh water supply in as many ways as possible.
For those living in towns and cities saving water will also save you money. For those living off the grid, finding ways to save water will help you conserve your valuable resources.
With this in mind I have put together this list of ways to conserve water. Little things you do can add up to huge savings both in money on your water bill and in conserving this valuable resource.
- Check your pipes and faucets for leaks. This can save up to 20 gallons of water a day. To check for unseen leaks go to your water meter and read the meter number. Write the number down and then don’t use any water in your home for at least 2 hours. Then go back and look at the number on the meter. If it has changed, you have a leak somewhere.
- If your toilets are old you need to replace them with water saving toilets. Older toilets can use up to 5-7 gallons of water per flush. Water saving toilets use as little as 1.5 gallons per flush.
- In the shower install low flow shower heads. These can use as little as 2.5 gallons per minute instead of the 5-10 for a regular shower head.
- Another tip for the shower is to place a bucket in the shower to catch the water as you run the water to get it hot. Use that water to water your plants.
- Use bath towels more than once. You are drying a clean body; they should not be dirty enough to wash after each use.
- Finally, you can take shorter showers if you get in the shower and get wet, then turn off the water while you soap up. Turn the water back on when you are ready to rinse off.
- Another bathroom tip is to wet your toothbrush then fill a glass with water for rinsing instead of letting the water run while you brush your teeth.
- For men, when shaving fill the sink with hot water and clean your razor in the water instead of letting the water run while you shave.
- Insulating your water pipes will mean you won’t have to run the water as long before the water gets hot.
- Don’t run partial loads in the dishwasher or the washing machine. Only running these appliances with a full load will mean fewer loads and less water use.
- Make sure your dishwasher and clothes washer are full before starting them. This means you will need fewer loads.
- When watering your lawn do it in the early morning so the water can soak into the roots instead of evaporating. If you have a sprinkler system on a timer, set it for the early morning hours before dawn.
- Mulch plants and trees to help keep moisture in the soil so they need less watering.
- In the kitchen rinse fruits and vegetables in a bowl of water, then use that water to water houseplants.
- Also in the kitchen soak pots and pans instead of running water over them while you scrub them.
- If you have rain gutters set them up so you can collect rainwater to use for your plants and garden.
- Winterize your outdoor water faucets to prevent freezing and bursting, which can lead to a huge amount of water wasted when they thaw, especially if you aren’t home at the time.
If you use these 17 tips on ways to conserve water you should be able to see a significant savings on your water bill. You will also be doing your part to help conserve one of our most precious resources, because without water there can be no life.