Easy Water-Saving Tips
In this time and age, it’s important to be conscious of how much water we use every day.
Being able to save water will help you save the environment and preserve it for future use. Not only will you help protect natural resources, but you will also save money on your monthly utility bills.
Fortunately for you, there are straightforward water-saving tips.
- Check your toilets for leaks – Leaks from toilets are often silent, allowing water loss to go unnoticed for extended periods of time. To detect a leak, put a little food coloring in your toilet tanks. If, without flushing, the color starts to appear in the bowl within 30 minutes, you have a leak that needs to be fixed immediately.
- Consider swapping out your old toilets to newer models – You can reduce the amount of water you use by changing out your older toilets that use 305 gallons of water to a more recent model that uses as much as 1.28 gallons of water.
- Avoid Flushing the toilet needlessly – Stop disposing of tissues or other waste in the toilet. It’ll only not result in an unnecessarily waste of water, but it may clog your toilet.
2. Baths and Showers:
- Limit to 5-10 minutes of your shower time to save water. – Taking a quick 5-10 minute shower will be able to clean you properly without wasting more than what’s needed.
- Turn off the water as you wash your face, brush your teeth or shave – Make it a habit to always close the tap when you’re not using them.
- Check again for leaks – Check your faucets regularly for leaks at the faucet head and seepage at the base and connections.
- Limit your Faucets – By attaching low-flow faucet aerators to your kitchen or bathroom faucets, you’ll save up a lot on your utility bills.
4. Laundry Tips:
- Leaks – Check hoses frequently for leaks.
- Front-Loading Washing Machines – If your washing machine is more than ten years old, consider replacing it with a front-loading, high-efficiency Energy Star-qualified washer. It could save you water and electric bills.
- Full loads Only – Always wait until you have a full load before washing your clothes, and adjust the water levels properly.
5. Extra Tips (For Indoors and Outdoors):
- Only utilize the dishwasher when you have a full load. Also, consider purchasing a dishwasher that’s a water-efficient model.
- Kitchen sink disposals demand plenty of water to function properly. Try using a compost pile as an alternative method of disposing of food waste.
- Install instant water heaters in the bathroom and the kitchen, so you don’t have to run the water while it heats up.
- Insulate your plumbing pipes. You can get hot water faster, plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.
- Inspect all hoses, connectors, and spigots regularly to ensure they are in good working shape.
- Use hose washers between water hoses and spigots to avoid leaks.
By becoming aware of these easy, simple water-saving tips and applying them to our daily habits, we conserve resources while getting a long life out of our plumbing system and saving money on water and energy bills.