Knowing how to save water at home should be important to all of us. Water conservation is a serious emerging global issue. Besides being concerned about it on the personal level (i.e. saving up on utility bills), most of us also care enough to be concerned about it on the global level. After all, it is the liquid of life. A life without it can not be imagined. Who amongst us wants to shrivel up with dryness? Or live without taking a bath? The answer is none. Since the availability of clean water is becoming a worldwide problem, it is only fair if we care about conserving it, for both ourselves and the coming generations. Cited below are 12 Tips on How to Save Water at Home.
1. Start from Simple Things
Where do you think the most water is consumed at home? That’s right. It is the washroom. Let’s start with ways to conserve water in the toilets first. First and the most common is the wasted water while brushing, showering and washing hands. Make sure you turn off the water while brushing your teeth, using the soap and while applying shampoo during a shower. It will save gallons of water
2. Check for Leaky Parts
The worst way to lose water is a leak. It goes to the sewage pipes without ever being used. Check everywhere in your bathroom for leaky pipes and faucets. It is better to do a complete survey of your home before you call the plumber to fix the leaks. The leaks can be anywhere in your home
3. Loo Leaks
Most of us never give second thought to our toilets and knowing how to save water doesn’t mean becoming a pseudo-plumber. There is a simple test tocheck if you have a leaky toilet tank. Open it and put some food color in. If color seeps into the water in the toilet bowl within half an hour, your toilet is definitely leaking. Make arrangements to fix it.
4. It's a Toilet, Not a Waste Bin
Remember your toilet is basically your toilet. It’s not your waste bin or ash tray. Don’t use it to flush off garbage and cigarette butts as it will lead to multiple flushes hence wastage of water
5. Check Your Water Meter
If it gives different reading after a span of time in which no water has been consumed - you have leaks.
6. Use Your Head!
Use water saving shower heads and other equipment in your bathrooms. Also insulate your water pipes so that the warm water doesn’t lose its heat
7. Fully Loaded
Use your dishwasher and washing machine only when you have enough to fully load them. This will save gallons of water.
8. Don't Dispose!
Use the sink garbage disposal to the minimum. It takes a lot of water for its proper functioning. Separate a bin for organic waste instead.
9. Turn off the Tap
Do not keep the water running while doing the dishes by hand or rinsing off fruits and vegetables. Think of all that water just rushing down the drain!
10. Cool Water?
Keep a full drinking water bottle in the fridge. Allowing water to cool off by keeping it running for a while wastes a lot of water.
11. Recycle Rainwater
A good way to make use of rain water is to collect the water from your roof and direct it towards your garden. This is how to save water by reducing the usage of water sprinklers. Do not in any case leave the water sprinkler running longer than necessary.
12. Green Thumb
Water your plants only when they need it and don’t over water them. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your sidewalks and driveways.
Those are just 12 Tips on How to Save Water at home and there can be hundreds of more. All it requires is some consideration and an eco friendly attitude. Only you can ensure proper usage of water in your home. These will come in handy while saving up on your utility bills. Side by side, you will be doing your part for the love of green. Which of these tips do you think you'll use first?
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