Fresh and clean water on planet Earth is limited. Regions in the world, which collectively are home to more than one-fourth of the world’s population, are going through water scarcity to fulfill their people’s needs. Conserving water is the need of the hour and in this blog, we will share 15 simple ways to guide you in conserving water and saving money. These practical measures are focused on conserving water in your homes.
Of the total water usage in your homes, a significant portion is used in toilets. Here are a few tips to reduce the water wastage.
- Don’t use the toilet as an ashtray.
People have a seldom habit of using the toilets as an ashtray. If you do, you probably do not realize the gallons of water wasted every time the pipes or water outlets get clogged or choked. Therefore, always use your trash cans for waste disposal, not your toilet.
- Use a plastic bottle to limit the water used per flush
We highly recommend you use plastic bottles with an inch or two of sand or pebbles inside the bottles. Not many people are aware that the amount of water required for proper cleaning is less than the actual capacity of the flush. This tip, therefore, helps you in saving more water without having to purchase anything.
- Consider using an adjustable toilet flapper
Again an inexpensive investment, installing an adjustable toilet flapper allows you to adjust per flush use, i.e. comes with various settings as per the requirement. Generally, adjusting the flush rate to the minimum per flush achieves good flush every time. Thus, controlled water usage helps in conserving water.
- Install a low or dual flush modes
Installing low or dual flush models can also be of good help. Replacing your age-old toilets with an ultra-low volume flush can significantly reduce water consumption by up to 70%.
- Use composting toilets
Another interesting way to save money and conserve water includes an innovation in the direction of a sustainable environment, is a composting toilet. Apart from conserving water, it also successfully converts the waste to manure that can be added back to the non-food soil to replenish its nutritional levels, thus eliminating water wastage.
Another important area and one of the most performed tasks among the water-related household chores is laundry. Let us look at a few tips that can help you in saving precious water.
- Use your clothes washer for full loads only
With most clothes washers, the permanent press cycle uses an additional 5 gallons of water for the extra rinse. In case of partial loads, avoid using the permanent press cycle and adjust the water level to match the size of the loads for each wash resulting in more water conservation.
- Use an efficient washing machine
Using a high-efficiency washing machine, i.e. a one which uses less water is considered to give quality laundry results. It uses as less as 7 gallons of water per load as opposed to 54 gallons of water required by a traditional cloth washer. The new star rated appliances use 35% – 50% less water and 50% less energy per load. Conserving water and saving money has never been easier.
Putting in some efforts to save water with these simple measures while in the shower will do wonders without even you realizing the efforts. We promise that your shower- calmness will not be hampered.
- Consider using low flow shower-heads
Low flow showers use as less as 2.5 gallons of water per minute. Water-saving low flow shower-heads are available in the market and are low on pockets and easy to install. Showers otherwise generally use 5 to 10 gallons of water every wasted minute, i.e., going without any use. Hence, taking up this habit can save you a lot of water.
- Consider reducing shower duration.
Consider closing the tap or water while soaping up. Turn it on to rinse. Approximately 20 to 40 gallons of water gets used during a four-minute shower. Hence, reducing your time, even a little can contribute in your quest to conserving water.
- Use shower timer
You can use a shower timer to stay aware of your shower duration and the amount of water used.
Sinks and faucets
- Use aerators
Fitting aerators to the faucets is one of the cheapest water conservation methods.
- Responsible habits
We recommend you to not let the tap left open for the entire time while washing vegetables, fruits, or utensils. Trust us; it saves a lot of water, every single day.
The same goes for the sinks in the bathroom too. After you wet your toothbrush, don’t let the tap running.
Check the leakages
Leakages from the pipes and taps often go unnoticed, especially if you have a busy schedule. Consider these quick water-saving tips.
- Fix a time
Fix a time to check leakages in your homes regularly. We recommend a week or ten days if you have a hectic schedule.
- Use a water meter
A periodic check on water meter can also be used to track hidden leaks.
- Check faucets and pipes
Even a small water drip can contribute to a large amount of water wastage. Therefore, it is important to check any leakage in your faucets and pipes too.
Shiloh Water Systems can proudly assist you with various water conservation devices as mentioned above. Apart from this equipment, we also help you with the best water filters, designing storage tanks, well system installation, and so on. Contact us to get all your water conservation-related questions answered. Call us today!