12 Ways To Conserve Water at home

ways to conserve water

Water is one of the most necessary elements of the universe. Water is needed in everyday life for many purposes of living. Many sources of water have exhausted. It is our primary duty to conserve water as water scarcity is already happening due to droughts and other reasons all round globe. It is also like conserving a precious resource. There are many ways to conserve water at home.

There are many ways if you want to conserve water at home. May be you can save on the shower or close the taps after use. Saving a little can make gallons of water each year. Here are 12 saving tips to conserve water at home.

Ways To conserve Water at home

1Check taps and pipes for leaks

Check taps and pipes for leaks

A small quantity of water from a faucet that is leaking can waste 20 gallons of water per day. Larger leaks from pipes can cause many more gallons of water to get wasted per day.

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2Check your toilets for leaks

Check your toilets for leaks

When you put a little food coloring in the toilet tank, if the color appears in the bowl in 30 minutes, then it means there is a leakage to be dealt with immediately. It does not cost you much to get the leakage repaired.

3Use your house water meter to check for hidden leaks

Read your house water meter before and after 2 hours duration when no water is being used. If the meter is not exactly the same, there is a water leak.

4Install water saving shower heads

Check yInstall water saving shower heads

Inexpensive water saving shower heads or restrictors are easy for the owner of the home to install. Limit your showers to the time it takes to soap up, wash down and rinse. Low flow means it uses less than 2.5 gallons per minute. Also household faucets should be fit with aerators. This method of conservation is also the cheapest.

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5Put plastic bottles or float booster in your toilet

To cut down on water wastage, put an inch or two sand pebbles inside each of 2 plastic bottles to weigh them down. Fill the bottles with water, screw the lid. Put them in your toilet tank safely away from the operating mechanisms. Or buy an inexpensive float booster. This may save ten or more gallons per day.

6Take shorter showers

Take shorter showers

Another way of saving water is to turn off the shower after soaping up. Then turn it on to rinse. A four minute shower uses nearly 20 – 40 gallons of water.

7Turn off the faucet after you wet the tooth brush

Turn off the faucet

You do not need to run your faucet while you are brushing. Just wet your brush and fill a glass for mouth rinsing.

8Rinse your razor in the sink

Rinse your razor in the sink

Fill the sink with a few inches of warm water. This will rinse your razor just like running water and save water daily.

9Use your dishwasher and clothes wash only for full load

wash only for full loads

Automatic dishwashers and clothes washers should be fully loaded for maximum water conservation. Most makers of dish washing soap do not recommend pre-rinsing which is a way to water savings. With clothes washer, avoid the permanent press cycle that uses 5 gallons extra for the rinse. For partial loads, adjust the water levels to match the size of the load. Replace old cloth washers as the efficiency may be low. If you are on a buy, purchase water saving front-load washer.

10Keep a bottle of water in the fridge

Keep a bottle of water in the fridge

Running tap water to cool can be wasteful with water. Store drinking water in the fridge and drink in that bottle.

11Water your lawn only when it is needed

Water your lawn only

See if your lawn needs water or not. If it springs back when you move, it does not need any water. If it stays flat, the lawn is ready for watering. Letting the grass grow tall will allow water retention in the soil too. Most lawns need much water. When there are dry spells, you can stop watering the lawn. The lawn will go brown. Once cooler weather arrives, the morning dew and rainfall will bring the lawn to its original state. This may result in a brown summer lawn, but saves a lot of water.

12Do not run the hose while washing your car

while washing your car

Clean the car with a bucket of soapy water. Use the hose only for rinsing. This practice can save as much as 150 gallons of water. Use a spray nozzle for more efficient use of water. There are also several brands of waterless washing systems in the market.

Saving water does not cost you much. 75 % of water used indoors is for bathroom and 25 % of this is used in the toilet. By following the above methods you can save water wastage by 35 %. The different ways to conserve water may be a big opportunity for you to save water at home. More conservation, more water saved. Let others live happy by giving back as much water as possible to them.

Pradeepa Polineni