If you’re considering a green lifestyle, one of the best ways to live consciously is to preserve Earth’s natural resources, especially water. Today, the average person uses between 80-100 gallons of water per day. This means that a typical household of four could use as much as 400 gallons of water daily.
For savvy homeowners who are searching for creative ways to cut costs while also preserving one of Earth’s most valuable resources, here are a few creative ways to help you save water at home today.
Make upgrades around the home
If your budget permits think about making upgrades throughout the home. While some upgrades can be costly, such as replacing all older model washing machines, dishwashers or refrigerators with Energy Star appliances, other upgrades can be quite simple. Energy Star appliances are certified to cut your energy bills substantially by reducing your overall water consumption. Another simple fix to consider is installing inexpensive low flow shower heads in your bathrooms. Low flow shower heads work by moderating the amount of water that is released from your faucet, helping you use less water, amounting to big savings on your water bill.
Turn off the water off while you brush your teeth. This can help you save as much as 250 gallons of water per year!
Bathroom water conservation
You can also get creative with the ways in which you consume water in the bathroom. For instance, try challenging yourself to take shorter showers. You can even use a timer to ensure that you do not go over the time that you have allotted for yourself. Another simple trick is to turn off the water while you are lathering in the shower. This will help you save gallons upon gallons of water that would have otherwise gone straight down the drain. Similarly, turn off the water off while you brush your teeth. This can help you save as much as 250 gallons of water per year! Get the entire family involved in these endeavors to maximize water conservation at home.
Address leaks immediately
When it comes to saving water at home, start with the basics. This involves making sure your home is not sending precious water (or your hard-earned money) down the drain due to unaddressed repairs. Over time and due to normal wear and tear, a home can become susceptible to various leaks from toilets, sinks and even outdoor faucets. One way to determine if you may have a leak is to monitor your water bill. If you see any sudden spikes in the amount you are paying per month, you should inspect your home. Next, pinpoint where the leak is coming from and address it immediately. This will not only reduce your water bill but it will prevent your water from being wasted further.
Conserving water in the yard
Many homeowners rely on water outdoors to wash their cars, water their lawns or to tend to their gardens. When it comes to washing your car, instead of running a hose for extended amounts of time use a bucket or two of water instead. The average garden hose prays about 10 gallons of water per minute. The same holds true for watering your garden. Opt for a watering can instead of running the hose to help you save on water in the yard.
Repurpose used water
Another creative trick to reduce water consumption at home is to repurpose your used water. That’s right, find new ways to use water that you would have otherwise let go down the drain. For instance, when showering, leave a bucket in the shower to catch falling water. This can then be used to water a backyard garden. The same idea is true when washing your hands or when boiling food and then draining it. This water can be give a second life and used to nurture your growing garden instead.
Conserving water at home means that you can proactively improve the environment one gallon at a time. When it comes to water conservation at home, try any of these simple tips to prevent water waste, to lower your energy bill and to help save the planet for future generations to come.
By: Freelance writer Ashley Smith