Cut down on water with simple changes & hacks
The years just seem to keep getting hotter! Each year, some communities are faced with compulsory measures to cut down on water use due to droughts and dry spells. And because water is an incredible resource, we can all benefit from making an effort to conserve–saving some money on the water bill while saving the earth. Here’s a handy guide to get yourself started in conserving water in your home, indoors and out.
Start with the bathroom
The bathroom is where around 75% of water is used in the home, which makes it a great place to begin in making a conservation effort. As an obvious measure, start by checking for any leaks in your toilet of faucets.
You can save a great deal of water every day by making simple changes. Replace your shower head with a low-head to save about 2 gallons every minute–you won’t have to shorten your showers to save water with a low-flow head, but you might want to shorten your showers to save even more.
You can cut down on water released with flushing the toilet by placing a brick in your toilet’s cistern. Because the brick will take up space, your cistern will fill with less water–which means less will be used with every flush. It’s a really easy “hack!” If you have a good budget, you can also replace your toilet with one of better efficiency.
Move to the kitchen
Your kitchen is another big place for water consumption, so you’ll want to make some changes there as well.
Do you have a dish washer? You can save about 20 gallons of water with each load by choosing not to rinse dishes beforehand. It’s a good idea to do only full loads as well.
If you don’t have a dishwasher, you might want to get one. Not only will it be easier on you (no having to wash dishes yourself!), but an efficient dish washer will use less water than to wash by hand. So let that be a reason to treat yourself to a life-changing appliance!
Just as we recommend a low-flow shower head, we recommend a low-flow aerator for your sink faucet as well. This can cut water consumption by half!
Conserve in the Garden
You can make your garden water efficient as well. Mulching flower beds and the surfaces of hanging baskets in the spring will ensure moisture won’t evaporate as much in the hot summer. Compose with water-retentive granules will also help to retain moisture in dry seasons.
You should stop over-watering; test to see if your soil is dry by checking it at a spade’s depth. Water if dry, but let sit if damp. Drought-resistant plants like lavender, bamboo, marigolds and more can also be great additions to a garden if you want to cut down on need for water.
If possible, insulate your hot water pipes. Consider all those times you’ve let water run waiting for it to get hot–what a waste! Well-insulated pipes will keep your hot water hot.
As with any plumbing appliance, shop around for a more water-efficient clothes washer. And like washing dishes, only wash clothes with a full load.