Water conservation is not a new trend. We’ve all seen the ads and heard the many reasons why conserving water is good for us and good for our environment. But like many things that we know are good for us, we often become complacent and old habits creep back into our daily life. These days, the cost of utilities is skyrocketing and conservation is important for homeowners if they want to manage their bills. There are some easy things that you and your family can do to minimize your water consumption every day.
Run the dishwasher when full. You use the same amount of water whether it is full or partially full.
Install faucet aerators on your faucets. This device screws onto the bottom of the faucet and will reduce the flow of the water without reducing the water pressure. Many newer faucets have this feature built in.
Cooling Drinking Water
Keep drinking water in a container in the fridge. This simple practice will give you ready access to cold water and will not waste water down the drain while you wait for it to run cold.
Heating Drinking Water
When you want hot water, heat it on the stove or use the microwave instead of waiting for the tap to run hot. Again this reduces how much water is going down the drain.
Install a low-flow shower head. These showerheads use only 2.5 gallons per minute versus older models which can use as much as 5.5 gallons per minute. This simple change can reduce your water bill by 25% or more!
Repair faucet leaks as soon as they occur. Leaks can waste as much as 1,000 gallons or more per year.
Check your toilets for leaks and repair them as soon as you notice them. Again this minor problem can waste as much as 500 gallons of water per day. If you suspect a leak but you’re unsure of the source, have a plumber check and repair the leak.
Toilet flappers should also be replaced yearly. These often break down and the result is a slow leak. Replacing the flapper can save as much as 3 gallons per flush.
Fill Cycle Diverter
Have a fill cycle diverter installed in the toilets. This device is designed to divert the overflow water back into the tank during the fill cycle.
If you still have an older toilet, replacing it with a low-flow model will greatly reduce your water consumption.
Upgrade your washing machine to a high-efficiency model. The extra expense of the appliance will be recouped in the savings on water as well as electricity.
Water conservation in your home is a worthwhile endeavour. The savings on your utility bills can be used for other home improvement projects. Some of these tips require you to invest in quality energy saving appliances. And some of these tips can be done by your whole family by simply being aware of your water usage every day. Either way, water conservation can be a way of life for you and your family.