3 Easy Ways To Conserve Water At Home
Clean water is a luxury that's easy to take for granted. Because you can turn on a tap in our home and get a stream of clean water whenever you want, it's easy to think of it as unlimited, but in reality, water scarcity is a global problem. While it may be less severe in the United States, there are areas that experience drought, or use so much of their freshwater resources that they're constantly on the verge of a drought. Transporting clean water is expensive, so droughts will cause water prices to rise. With that in mind, conserving water is something that should be on everybody's mind. It's not as difficult as you may believe. Here are some simple things that you can do in your own home to conserve water.
Don't Put Off Calling the Plumber
Keeping your pipes, fixtures, and appliances in good repair is probably the most effective thing that you can do to conserve water in your home. A leaky faucet or a running toilet can waste hundreds of gallons of water a day, and you can imagine how much water is wasted when a pipe or hot water heater bursts.
Regular plumbing repair and inspections can help keep your pipes in good shape so that they don't begin to leak or become so deteriorated that they burst. If you're not able to fix leaks and minor plumbing problems yourself, calling a plumber right away can potentially save hundreds of gallons of water, and can save you from paying too much extra on your next water bill.
Make sure to keep an eye on any sprinkler systems or irrigation systems that you have outside of your home too. Maintaining your indoor plumbing is great, but to effectively save water, you also need to know if your sprinklers or outdoor faucets are leaking.
Greywater refers to any wastewater from your hand sinks, showers, and washing machine that can be recycled and used for landscaping or toilet flushing. If you want to collect grey water from your washing machine, you should ask your plumber about installing a grey water system that collects the water, filters out any debris, and stores it for later use.
However, collecting grey water from your showers or sinks is a lot simpler. All you need are some buckets. Do you routinely turn on the shower and wait a few minutes for the water to get warm? Put a bucket in the shower while you wait, and you can use the water that you collect to water your plants. Put a smaller bucket in the sink basin to catch the water that would normally go down the drain when washing your hands, and use that in the toilet tank.
Watch What You Flush
Any plumber will tell you that there are a lot of good reasons not to flush anything other than toilet paper or waste. Anything else may get stuck in the pipes and need to be extracted by a professional. Some things, like medications, can find their way into the water supply and poison marine animals or plant life, and may even have a harmful effect on your drinking water. But there's another good reason not to flush anything other than toilet paper or waste down the toilet – doing so wastes water.
Each flush of the toilet uses a certain amount of water. The exact amount depends on how old your toilet is. A new toilet should only use 1.6 gallons per flush, but an older toilet can use as many as seven gallons. Either way, you're flushing more than a gallon of water unnecessarily every time you use your toilet as a trash can. And since many non-waste items require more than one flush to go down, you can multiply that wasted water by however many flushes it takes to get the item down.
Reducing your water usage at home is a good way to do your part to help conserve a resource that's in short supply. It will also help you save money and keep your home's budget under control. Start looking into the simple changes you can make in order to conserve water at home.