Water is an important resource that is often taken for granted. Unfortunately the fact that it is taken for granted means that it is often wasted both at work and at home. While there is not much that you can do to stop others from wasting water there are some ways to save water in your own home. By following a few simple tips you’ll be saving water in your home without a lot of effort on your part.
Changing a Few Habits
Little things like brushing your teeth or doing dishes can be areas where you waste water. Filling a cup to dip your toothbrush in and rinse your mouth will save water from going down the drain while you brush. Especially if you’re in the habit of letting the water run down the sink as you brush. Filling the sink with water to do the dishes saves more water than letting it run the entire time that you’re washing them. You can fill the other side with water to rinse them. Taking showers instead of baths is an easy way to save water; reducing the amount of time spent in the shower will save additional water.
Faucets and Pipes
Checking the pipes and faucets for leaks then sealing those leaks will help you to save water easily. Turning off water hoses at the faucet will prevent the hose from busting in the sun which will save you water around the house. Low flow shower heads will use less water as well.
Well, don’t stop watering your plants completely but you can stop watering the grass. It’ll grow back with the next rain, not watering it can save you money on gasoline for your lawnmower. You don’t have to water your plants every day only when they begin to dry out. Putting them in an area that gets some shade will keep them wet longer. You can also catch rain water to use instead of turning on the faucet. You can use the rain water you catch to rinse off an outdoor patio as well.
Use the Water that You’re Heating
When you have to run the faucet to heat water put a small container under it to catch the water. The water you catch (in a clean container) can be used to hand wash small articles of clothing that you don’t want to put into the washing machine. You use it to rinse the floor when you don’t have time to mop.
Saving water doesn’t have to be a hassle. It helps the environment and your wallet when you save money.