10 Ways To Save Water Around Your Home
Even if you don't give a darn about the environment, it's just makes sense to try to save water. Let's face it our water supply isn't unlimited and with growing populations in arid and semi arid regions we're using lots of it. As well, water costs money so if you want a personal reason to cut back on your water usage consider that reducing the amount of water you use in your home will save you money.
Fortunately whatever your reasons are for wanting to use less water, there's a whole bunch of ways you can do it. Here's a list of ten easy ways you can save around your home and as an added bonus, you won't need to spend a lot of money to get those savings.
Saving water around your home
- Stop wasting water by leaving the tap running when you're brushing your teth or shaving. It's an easy habit to get into but just think of the gallons of water (and money) that are literally going down the drain.
- Check to see if your toilets are constantly running. Just put a little food coloring or even coffee into the toilet tank and wait a few minutes. If you can see the color in the toilet bowl, your toilet is leaking probably at the 'flapper' valve. Replacing the 'flapper' in a toilet is an easy and inexpensive fix and will save gallons of wasted water.
- Cut down on the amount of water your toilet uses when flushing. Installing new low flow or dual flush toilets will obviously minimize your water usage, but a less expensive alternative is to simply fill a large pop bottle with sand and put it in the toilet tank. The bottle will take up space in the tank and reduce the amount of water that gets used each time you flush the toilet.
- Take shorter showers. Instead of standing under the shower for 10 to 12 minutes, move a little quicker and finish your shower in 5 to 7 minutes. You'll cut your shower water consumption virtually in half.
- Install low flow shower heads. Can't be convinced to give up that nice long shower? Low flow shower heads dramatically reduce the amount of water and with modern shower head technologies, you won't even know the shower head is a 'low flow'.
- Don't turn on your dishwasher or washing machine to run partial loads. Wait until your dishwasher is full or you have a full load before running the machine. As an added bonus, you can even save yourself some money on water heating by using cold water (and cold water detergent) to wash your clothes.
- Scrape your dishes before putting them into the dishwasher. Most modern dishwashers have macerators that can handle food scraps so you don't need to rinse the dishes thoroughly before putting them in the machine.
- Collect and recycle rain water. Installing a rain barrel is easy and inexpensive. As well, flowers and plants love natural water that doesn't contain any chemicals like fluoride.
- Water your lawn and gardens in the early morning so the heat of the day won't evaporate the moisture before it gets a chance to be absorbed into the ground.
- Choose the proper plants for your garden. For example, don't try to plant shade loving plants in half or full sun and by choosing drought resistant plants native to your area they won't require much water.
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