In households across the world, water is often taken for granted. Very few people understand the value of every drop they have access to until they are without it. Of course, just knowing the countless number of people that are deprived of this resource is enough to teach one the importance of conserving water.
So, let’s turn our attention to the way we use water in our own home. While there are several homeowners who are mindful of the way water is used in their household, there are many more that could use a couple of tips to help them manage their water usage more efficiently. Wastage of water is something that needs to stop around the world and quickly, might we add. With that said, here’s how you can do your bit to save more water in your home.
It’s easy to forget that you should be conserving water even when you shower. Many individuals leave the shower running for long periods of time just to enjoy the feel of a hot/cold shower. What’s worse, sometimes the water is left running even when not in use. Apart from this, bathing in a bathtub also uses up a lot more water than you would typically need to have a proper shower. While the occasional soaking in a tub after a long day is alright, cutting down on this activity is advised.
Shut off Faucets When Not in Use
Whether you’re brushing your teeth, washing your face or doing the dishes, it seems more convenient to leave the water running for the few seconds that you aren’t using it. However, this wastage of water adds up to so much more in the long run (which can easily be avoided). It’s just a matter of getting into the habit of shutting off the faucet when you turn away to do something else. For example, when brushing your teeth, turn the tap off until you need to use the water again.
Even the smallest of leakages account for major water wastage over a long period of time. Therefore, if you have any leaks in your home, it’s advisable to get them fixed as soon as possible. Apart from obvious and easily visible leakages such as those from faucets and showerheads, check for leaks that are out of sight. This would include behind your washing machine, underneath sinks, around the toilet bowl, outdoor pipes, etc. If needed, call in a professional plumber to get pipes and other water sources around your house checked for leakages.
Measure Kettle Water Correctly
Whether you’re making a cup of coffee, soup, or instant noodles, the use of a kettle certainly comes in handy. Unfortunately, there are many people that ignore the markings given on the kettle when using it. More often than not, the amount of water that is heated up in a kettle turns out to be more than what is needed. What happens to this excess water? In most cases, it is poured down the kitchen sink. Even if you do overshoot the markings on your kettle, there are better ways to make use of the extra water. Next time around, consider using excess water in your kettle (after it cools down) to water your plants.
Water Your Garden Efficiently
Using more water than you should to water your garden is a very common issue among homeowners. Not only does this waste water, but it can also damage your plants and/or lawn. There are many types of plant species that require less frequent watering in order to grow properly. Similarly, a lawn requires to be watered deeply as opposed to daily. Hence, it’s advisable to learn more about the plant life you have in your garden to ensure that you are caring for it properly and eliminating any water wastage.
Turn off the Main Water Supply Before Vacationing
To be on the safe side, it’s advisable to shut off your main water supply if you’re house is going to be locked up while you vacation. You never know when you might encounter some leaking pipes or other plumbing issues and hence, closing the valves of your main water supply can be of great help!
Use Less Water When Cleaning
Home cleaning is a necessity and, more often than not, requires water! From washing your bathroom, to cleaning your floors; certain cleaning tasks require you to dilute cleaning products with water before using them. Often times, the amount of cleaner made for a particular cleaning task is too much, leaving you with no option but to dispose of the remainder. One way to solve this problem is by pouring a freshly made cleaning solution in a spray bottle so that you don’t end up using more than you need to.
It’s quite surprising how few homeowners take advantage of rainwater. While it may seem like a troublesome task (i.e. rainwater harvesting), it’s actually pretty simple. Bear in mind that rainwater is free, so harvesting can also help you cut down on your water bill! More importantly, it reduces the strain on our water reservoirs; therefore, it’s a win-win situation! If you wish to create a do-it-yourself rainwater harvesting system, there are many ideas available on the internet. Alternatively, you can purchase a reliable harvesting system today and save it for those rainy days!
When it comes to conserving water in your home, don’t think twice! Use the tips above to make sure that you are doing your bit to stop wastage and save more water.