Saving water not only benefits the environment but also brings significant cash savings for families. There are many simple ways you can conserve water at home, and most can be achieved by encouraging family members to avoid water wastage and recognize that water is a limited resource.
To help you get started, here are six water-conservation tips that will help you reduce your monthly water bill, adding up to big savings each year.
Fix leaks as soon as they occur
A leaking toilet or a dripping faucet can increase your water consumption by tens of gallons a day. When it’s not possible to get the leak repaired right away, turn off the water supply to the damaged fixture when it’s not in use. This may be cumbersome if the faucet is located in a high-usage area such as the kitchen or the kids’ bathroom, but it’s the only way to stop wastage till you can call the plumber.
When looking for a plumbing company, hire a local service that employs experienced and certified technicians who’re not only great at their core job but are also keen to offer advice on water-saving techniques and minimizing repairs.
Install water-saving devices around the house
There are plenty of smart devices out there that can help bring down your monthly water usage by hundreds of gallons.
Showering takes the maximum amount of water, but most old shower heads were not built with water savings in mind. Instead of trying to replace every showerhead or faucet in your home, fit them with water-control devices. If you want to reduce your water bill, Kirk Davis from DavisPlumbingService.com explains that installing a pressure reducing valve will cut down on waste, which will cut down on cost.
If building a new bathroom from scratch or upgrading an old one, opt for EPA-certified toilets, which use less than one-third of water per flush, compared to older models.
Make it a habit to reuse water
The water used to wash fruits and vegetables can be easily put to good use a second time. You can use it to irrigate your plants, to wash your car or driveway, or for mopping. What you need is a vessel to place under the colander while you wash these items. Keep a small bucket out in the yard where you can collect the day’s water and repurpose it when needed.
Do the same when running a tap waiting for hot water—you’ll be surprised at how much water goes to waste when we do this multiple times in a day. Keep a glass or jug handy to catch and store the cold water.
Replace old, broken and out-of-date appliances
When it comes to dishwashers and washing machines, the new-age models come with built-in water- and power-saving features that can drastically bring down your utility bills over time. Though replacing a large appliance may sound like a big expense, you could be losing hundreds of dollars each year by continuing to use an out-of-date or inefficient washer.
Look for the Energy Star rating when buying a washing machine, which means that the machine is designed to use lower amounts of water with each cycle. If replacing your washer is currently not an option, adopt water-conservation practices. Run the machines on full load and remember to fix broken or worn parts in time.
Use the hose as infrequently as you can
Many people prefer to use the garden hose for watering plants and washing automobiles and outdoor spaces. While this may be a convenient way to do your chores, you end up wasting hundreds of liters of water every time you pick up the hose.
Barring times when you may indeed need a high-pressure flow of water, ditch the hose and use watering cans and buckets—you’ll save copious amounts of water each time and in turn, bring down your water bill.
Learn rainwater harvesting – it’s not that difficult
The heavy-duty term can sometimes deter laypersons who want to put rainwater to use but don’t know where to begin. If your area gets a significant amount of rain each year, you can collect hundreds of gallons of rainwater and use it to water your home garden or for other chores.
An easy way to get started is to place a large barrel right below the roof gutter of your home. To prevent mosquito breeding, keep the drum covered at all times and don’t let the water sit unused for very many days.