Conserving Water At Home
Conserving Water At Home
Water is very important for the sustenance of life. However, even though it is of great importance, the majority of us take for granted that there will be clean water flowing from the taps always. Statistics are showing that the supply of clean, safe drinking water is at risk. This is because there is increasing demand (due to an increase in population, increase in industrial and agricultural use and so on) for water with a diminishing supply. For this reason, it is a good idea to start conserving water at home.
Conserving water at home will generally take two forms; collecting any excess water and trying to economize on the use of water by avoiding wastage. Even though it may seem like very little, you should realize every little bit counts. Conserving water at home will also save you some money as you will get lower water bills.
There are numerous ways of conserving water at home. Majority of water used in the home is for taking showers and doing laundry. It therefore follows that this should be the first areas for water conservation. The first thing you should do is to install water saving faucets and shower heads. A water saving faucet can have a flow rate of less than 2.5 gallons per minute which can save you 20% to 60% of your water bill.
It is also very important to fix leaky faucets, taps and pipes as soon as they start leaking. You should inspect your plumbing regularly to identify potential problem areas before they actualize.
Another very important way of conserving water at home is taking shorter showers. Try to shower for about 5 minutes and this could save you up to 20 gallons of water a day. You should also turn off the water while you are soaping and only turn it on when you are ready for a rinse.
A lot of people leave the tap running while washing hands or brushing teeth without realizing how wasteful this is. To conserve water, you should turn off the tap and only turn it on when you want to rinse your hands or teeth. You can fill a glass with water and use it for rinsing your teeth after brushing them instead of using running water.
You should only run your dishwasher or your washing machine with a full load to help with conserving water at home. These two machines use a significant amount of water and therefore should only be used when necessary. An alternative is to hand wash clothing or dishes. When washing dishes, you should put in the sink stopper and fill the sink with water to wash the dishes and then fill it again with clean water for rinsing.
If you have an old toilet cistern, you should consider replacing it as it probably spends a lot of water per flush. If not, place a brick or a water bottle filled with sand to occupy some space in the cistern and this will lead to some water savings.
One thing many conservative minded individuals are doing is harvesting rainwater and using it for watering the lawn and a number of other things. We have articles concerning harvesting rainwater on out emergency water purification site you may want to read. We hope this information on conserving water at home has been informative.