Considering the fact that an increasing amount of communities nationwide are suffering from severe droughts, it is more important than ever to conserve water.
Cutting down on your family’s water usage will not only conserve a precious resource, but it will lower your household’s utility bills. A few small changes have the ability to save thousands of gallons of water per year, so here are some quick and easy tips that will get you started.
1. Have a shower bucket
Instead of watching water go down the drain when waiting for your shower to warm up, stick a bucket under the faucet. You can use this leftover water to flush your toilet, to cook with, or to water your plants at another time.
2. Turn off the tap
You don’t need the tap to be running while brushing your teeth or washing your hands. Save gallons every day but making this simple change.
3. Invest in efficient fixtures
Old shower heads can waste up to five gallons of water per minute. Investing in water saving shower heads and faucets, low-flow toilet bowls, and an energy saving dishwasher can knock your utility bill down substantially.
4. Water your plants in the morning
Watering as soon as you wake up will mean less water, as the cooler temperatures will lead to less evaporation. Plus, watering in the evening can promote mold growth.
5. Install a water well to save water
According to the CDC, over 15 million American households rely on private water wells for drinking water. Doing so is a great way to conserve water as it uses cool groundwater to quench the thirst of your family. You will not have to worry about running the tap to wait for it to get cool, or wasting excessive water as you will only use what you need. If you are interested in being sustainable and environmentally friendly, speaking to well specialists about how to go about water well drilling in your yard is a great way to invest in long term water conservation.
6. Keep pitchers of drinking water in your fridge
This way you will always have cold water and won’t have to wait for the tap to cool.
7. Use your water meter to check for leaks
Notice your water bill creeping up higher and higher? This is a sign you could be suffering from a leak, so staying diligent is crucial.
Conserving water doesn’t have to be complicated. Just follow these tips and Mother Nature will thank you!