It’s no surprise that water is wasted everyday. It is estimated that in America alone, one trillion gallons of water are wasted each year. (Source: washingtonpost.com) The scariest part of it all is the fact that you may have contributed. But don’t fret reader, this is a list of simple things you can do to conserve water at home
1. Check for Leaks
Search around the house for leaks in pipes, toilets, or faucets. One small leak can amount to up to 5 gallons a day. Don’t forget spigots outside.
2. Insulate Water Pipes
Insulate water pipes to get hot water faster, and save water in the process. The best part is, it is easy to do yourself, with slip- on insulation kits that can be found at many hardware stores. They can also be purchased here.
3. Decrease capacity of toilet tank
Fill some water bottles with sand or pebbles, and place them in the tank of your toilet, away from any components. Doing this will limit the amount of water that can flow into the reservoir, and convert any toilet into a low- flow toilet. The process is explained and outlined here.
4. Turn off the faucet
Don’t let the faucet run while brushing teeth, shaving, washing dishes, or cleaning vegetables. Turn it off unless you have a direct reason to use the water.
5. Fill it up
Only run the dishwasher when it is full. The same applies for washing machines, on the appropriate water settings. This saves water, and creates the need for less loads to be run.
6. Low Flow Shower heads
Replacing your shower head with one that restricts the amount of water to the shower. Naturally, this sounds like it will decrease the pressure of your shower, but many models maintain, or even increase water pressure. They can be found at hardware stores, or can be bought here.
7. Mulch around Trees
Putting organic mulch around the base of your trees and plants helps them absorb more water, and allows less water to evaporate. It also restricts the growth of weeds and can add some different tones to your garden. Look for this in your local hardware store.
8. Water in the Morning
Watering plants and the lawn in the morning is more efficient than any other time. Wind is low, and heat is typically lower, meaning the water gets where you want it, and will not evaporate.
9. Drought Resistant Plants
Planting drought resistant plants and shrubs can add beauty to your garden and promote less watering. These plants can live, and bloom in low water conditions, making them perfect for conserving water. Look for plants, such as Sempervivum and Beard Tongue.
By following these easy tips, you can cut down the impact you have on water consumption, and decrease your water bill at the same time. Always look for alternative uses for your water, and be conservation minded with your consumption.