There are more reasons to conserve water than to simply save a few bucks on your utility bill. Saving water limits local water pollution in lakes, rivers, etc. Furthermore, by conserving water, the greenhouse gas emissions that are needed to treat and distribute water are prevented. Plus, the less water flowing through your septic system, the longer it will last, and the less likely it is for your sewage system to pollute the surrounding area.
Being aware of the benefits that saving water has on the environment is motivating enough for us all to make some simple changes in our daily lives. Efficiency is the key to conservation. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can prevent water waste at home. You might be surprised at how simple it can be to make an eco-friendly home!
Toilets and Showers
Those willing to take more active measures to conserve water should consider replacing their toilet with low/dual flush models or with a composting toilet. The latter is the most effective way to eliminate water waste since composting toilets are waterless! However, for those who aren’t quite ready to replace their old toilet, there are still some simple ways to make a difference. For one, avoid using the toilet as a wastebasket; tissues, cigarette butts, etc. should be thrown away rather than flushed. You can also buy an adjustable toilet flapper to adjust the amount of water needed per flush!
Similarly, installing a low-flow shower head can make a world of difference. If every household did their best to limit shower duration and amount of water used when showering, it would have a tremendous impact on the environment. After all, for every five minutes you shower, many showers use upwards of 40 gallons of water!
Faucets and Sinks
One of the cheapest and easiest ways to prevent water waste is to put aerators on your faucets. Of course, there are also some more obvious tactics to prevent water waste from your sinks. This includes things like turning the water off as your brush your teeth and filling the sink with just a few inches of water so that you can rinse your razor as you shave without needing to keep the water on.
It should be noted that dishwashers generally use less water to clean a load of dishes than hand washing. If you do hand wash your dishes, make sure to only have the sink on when the dishes actually require rinsing. Check your faucets and pipes for leaks every now and then to make sure that everything is in order and no water is being wasted when you run water.
One of the most effective ways to conserve water is by simply being aware. Use a broom to clean off the deck rather than a hose, reduce evaporation in your swimming pool by adding a cover, etc. The more people that do their part, the more these conservation techniques spread. So, use these tips to start conserving water and don’t forget to tell your friends!