Conserving water is increasingly important these days. Not only is it important for the environment, but it’s also important for saving money. There are many ways to save or conserve water at home, from not letting the water run while brushing your teeth and taking shorter showers to waiting until you have a full load of clothes before running the washing machine. Read below for some more water-conserving tips.
- Check all faucets, toilets and showerheads for leaks – You’ll be surprised as to the amount of water that can be wasted even from a small leak.
- Insulate your water pipes – It’s easy and inexpensive to insulate your water pipes with pre-slit foam pipe insulation. You’ll get hot water faster and avoid wasting water while it heats up.
- Install a low-flow showerhead – Low-flow showerheads are a great way to save water and money. These types of showerheads are not expensive and work by delivering fewer gallons per minute (gpm) of water than conventional showerheads. Low-flow showerheads deliver about 1.6 gpm, compared to about 5 gpm of conventional heads.
- Install a water-saving toilet – Water-saving toilets use 1-2 gallons per flush instead of 3-5 gallons. Replacing an 18-liter-per-flush toilet with an ultra-low-volume (ULV) 6-liter flush model represents a 70% savings in water flushed and will cut indoor water use by about 30%.
- Turn the faucet off while you brush your teeth! – Can you imagine if one person per household throughout the US started keeping to this habit? The water savings would be tremendous. As mentioned above, this is one of the easiest ways to save water, and it is simple to make it into a habit.
Be water conscious!
Being water conscious in general while at home is an effective way to save water. Start noticing your trends and habits regarding water usage and change any patterns that are wasteful.