22Jul

Conserving Water at Home

conserving water at homeWater may be abundant at home, but we have to keep in mind that there are serious water shortages in other parts of the globe. While we don’t share their water woes, it doesn’t mean we can afford to waste water, especially at home. Conserving water at home is the least we can do for the environment. There is no reason for us to not conserve water, particularly when doing so helps us lower our monthly water bills.

Here are some tips to conserve water at home.

Keep an eye out for leaks

The biggest mistake you can make if you’re planning to conserve water at home is to ignore the slightest of leaks. Over time, even the tiniest leaks can waste a lot of water. Countless home owners have ignored such leaks and got the surprise of their life at the end of the month when their utility bill arrives. So check all faucets, toilets, shower heads and sprinkler heads for any sign of leaking and fix them straight away.

Replace outdated plumbing fixtures

This is recommended for home owners whose homes are pretty ancient, which means their plumbing system is already outdated. This is because old plumbing systems aren’t really designed to conserve water. Newer plumbing fixtures are, so given the opportunity, you should replace outdated plumbing fixtures with new ones to conserve water.

Install low flow aerators

If you think completely replacing old shower heads is too costly, you can still conserve water by opting to install low flow aerators instead. They reduce the amount of water being used, all without sacrificing water pressure. Not only are low flow aerators the single best home water conservation method, but they also happen to be the cheapest.

Install high efficiency toilets

Older toilets typically use up to 26 litres of water with a single flush, which is a waste of water no matter how you look at it. A high efficiency toilet, on the other hand, is designed to use only about 5 litres of water every single time you flush it. Do the math, and you will see how much water you’ll be able to conserve with such toilets.

Make some sacrifices for water conservation

Water conservation also entails some sacrifices from your end. Showers, for instance, could be shorter. While it’s wonderful to be able to stay under all that hot water for as long as you want, keep in mind that a four-minute shower already uses approximately 75 to 150 litres of water. So take shorter showers if you really want to conserve water.

When cleaning our yard or driveway, we find it convenient to use a water hose. A less costly tool would be a broom, which doesn’t waste litres upon litres of water the way a water hose does. If you’re doing the laundry or the dishes, you should run only full loads for optimum water conservation.

There are dozens of other small ways to conserve water at home, like having plants that don’t require much watering, turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth or not using the toilet as an ashtray or trash bin. Follow these tips, and you’ll be on your way to successfully conserving water at home.