Are you asking yourself what you can do to be more green and help conserve water around the home? The water issue is so big that some cities are putting restrictions on the amount of water you can use in a day. Businesses that wholly rely on water are finding it hard due to water restrictions.
Water is a basic necessity for all humans, and you need to understand that the cycles come and go. There will be times when you will have more than enough water for use, and other times when you won’t have enough. You can conserve water in the home using various approaches.
The bathroom is one of the places where wastage is high. You need to identify the potential sources of wastage and plug them. For one, check out water leaks in the home by noting down the meter reading when there is no one using the water around the house for the next 3 hours. Check the reading after a few hours and if it has changed, you know you have a leak somewhere. Fix it!
Using water in the shower wastes a lot of water and energy than anything else in the home. The design of the showerhead is not like the other equipment in the home that use water such as dishwashers that are meant to use every drop of water – showerheads depend on you to conserve water. If you let the showerhead run the whole time, you end up wasting a lot of water. The best thing to do is to turn on the shower only when necessary.
The way you use the water dictates the utility bill each month. Saving a few gallons of water in the shower makes a huge difference at the end of the day.
Swimming Pool Water Conservation
If you’re lucky enough to have one, a swimming pool represents a key point where water is used in large quantities. This is why in certain areas restrictions are placed on refilling swimming pools depending on the size of the pool. With a family in the home, you need to have water in the pool each day, therefore follow these tips to not only give your family access to the pool, while saving water in the process.
- Use the right chemicals when treating the pool. Maintain the proper chemical balance so that you don’t have to refill the pool any sooner than required.
- Keep the water level minimum unless when necessary. Keep the levels to a minimum during the restrictions.
- Keep pets out of the water. Pets contaminate water, therefore necessitating cleaning and a refill.
- When the pool is not in use, use a pool cover to reduce evaporation. These covers are inexpensive but very effective.
- If you suspect a leak, look for a professional to fix it before it can cause more wastage in the home.
Water Conservation in the Kitchen
Rather than cleaning your vegetables in running water, use a bowl filled with water. Once you are done, reuse the water to water your outdoor plants. This reduces the amount of water you use each day to water the plants.
If you must use tap water then make sure to turn it off every time you are not using it. For instance, turn off the water when lathering your hands. Additionally, try to use the dishwasher more often than washing manually. Dishwashers are meant to use water efficiently as compared to manual washing. For more tips, read more on how to save water when cooking.
Water Conservation in the Garden
Have you ever thought of harvesting and recycling rainwater for use in the garden? Harvesting rainwater for home use might be as simple as placing a barrel under a downspout to collect rainwater.
In a home with kids, you need to choose a rain barrel carefully. It should be childproof so that you avoid accidents in the home. For this task, avoid barrels with sharp edges and without lids.
Collecting rainwater gives you extra water to use in the home. This allows you to save tap water, reducing the water bill each month. Alternatively did you know that you can actually use your bathwater to water the garden?
When it comes to water conservation in a home with kids, it is a collective strategy whereby you target all areas of the home starting from the kitchen to the garden. Take time to make sure you conserve as much water as you can so that you have more for your home use. It’s also a great way of teaching children to more earth-loving by leading by example in looking after the planet’s resources. If you enjoyed this post why not read this on ways to reduce your heating and electricity bills.
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