Given the state of both the economy and environment, it is extremely important to conserve water when at all possible. Not only does conserving water save you money on your water bill, it is good for the earth as well. Fortunately there are dozens of easy ways to conserve this very precious resource. If you would like to know some ways to conserve water in your life, check out the following list.
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1. Examine Your Plumbing System for Leaks
Over time, leaky pipes and faucets can potentially waste thousands of gallons of water. Each and every year you should thoroughly examine your plumbing system to make sure there are no leaks coming from any components of your plumbing system. If you find any leaks or other suspicious problems, make sure to get them fixed as soon as possible. You may be surprised at how much your water usage goes down on your water bill after this easy fix.
2. Don’t Let the Water Run While Performing Everyday Tasks
If you allow the water to run constantly while brushing your teeth or washing dishes, you are wasting a great deal of water. The fact is letting the water run while performing these daily household tasks is just not necessary. Turn it off during teeth brushing and only turn it on when it is time to rinse your mouth and toothbrush. The same goes for dishwashing. You should only let the water run when it is time to rinse the soap from your dishes. Or, if you have a two-sided sink, fill one side with washing water and the other with rinsing water. This will prevent the need for running water altogether.
3. Install a Low-Flow Showerhead
Many older showerheads use way more water than what is necessary for most individuals. To conserve water, install a new, energy-efficient, low-flow showerhead. This will cut back on a great deal of water used during your daily shower.
4. Install a Low-Flush Toilet
Older toilets waste way too much water when they are flushed. To greatly reduce the amount of water used during toilet-flushing, buy and install a new low-flush toilet. This will reduce the amount of water used from 3-5 gallons per flush to under 2 gallons.
5. Get New Energy-Efficient Appliances
The new front-loading, high-efficiency washing machines are extremely efficient when it comes to water usage. They clean your clothing just as well as, if not better than, older top-loading washers, and use much less water in the process. There are also new energy efficient dishwashers that use less water to get the job done. Another thing to remember: only wash full loads. Washing small or partial loads in either a washing machine or dishwasher can waste a great deal of water.
6. Collect Rainwater for Your Yard and Plants
To save yourself from using the hose to water your yard, garden, flowers, and other plants, have a barrel in place to collect rainwater. Placing the barrel underneath the downspout from your roof’s rain gutters is an excellent idea, as it will capture the most water. This will allow to use the rainwater collected for all of your outdoor watering purposes. It will also help you conserve a large amount of water.
7. Keep Drinking Water in the Fridge
If you are a person that lets your tap water run until it becomes very cold each time you need a drink, you should know you are wasting water each time you do this. Instead, keep a container of drinking water in the fridge. That way you will have cold water every time you need it.
8. Sweep Driveways, Decks, Porches, and Sidewalks
Instead of hosing down your driveway, deck, porch, or sidewalk every time they are dirty, why don’t you just sweep them off? This conserves more water than you probably realize and often works just as well. Even if you alternate sweeping and hosing down your property, it will save water in the long run.
9. Check Your Water Meter
To check for hidden leaks in your home’s plumbing system, carefully monitor your water meter. It is best to do this after a period of time where absolutely no water was used. If your water meter showed usage during this time frame, you know there is a hidden leak somewhere that should be addressed immediately.
10. Turn Off the Hose While Washing Your Vehicle
Although this is often overlooked, you should always turn off the hose while washing your car. Keep a bucket of warm, soapy water with you to clean your car, and only turn the water back on to rinse your vehicle quickly. Another way to conserve water during car washing is to use a sprayer attachment on the end of your hose. This allows you to use the water only when you need it and prevents you from having to turn the hose off altogether.
Now that you know some ways to conserve water, you should have no excuse not to do it. Not only will you be happy when your water bill starts to shrink, you will be happy that you are helping the environment as well.
Guest post from Sam Landon. Sam writes for CarInsurance.org.