Water conservation is vital to our community and sustainability. Saving water is not just important to our environment, but it can also save you money.
When it comes to precious resources, water is as precious as it gets which is why conserving water is vital for our community.
1. Water Wasters
Here are some of the main water wasters that are also probably driving your water bill up.
With the average dishwasher using about 20 gallons of water for just one load, these appliances are notorious water wasters. This is why it is essential to run only full loads and if possible, get an Energy-Star certified model l that is much more efficient.
While you are waiting for warm water for your shower, gallons of water are going down the drain. Instant hot water through a hot water re-circulating pump can help you cut the excess water usage.
Every time you flush the toilet, 1.6 gallons of water goes down the drain. With a leak, that usage can double. Older toilets are big water wasters so you should consider replacing yours with low flow, high-efficiency models.
Obviously, clothes need to get clean, but you can wash them more efficiently by only running full loads and in an Energy-Star certified model which is much more efficient than older machines that use an average of 45 gallons per load.
The kitchen sink
By using an aerator that breaks up a single stream of water into multiple streams, you can reduce your water usage.
2. How To Conserve Water and Energy In Your Home
Conserving water and energy will help you lower your Reliant Energy costs.
Install a low flow showerhead
Although you should aim to use shorter showers as a typical shower uses five to ten gallons of water a minute, a Water Sense low flow showerhead will cut the water waste to about three gallons a minute.
Don’t use your toilet as a bin or ashtray
Every cigarette you flush away also flushes away five to seven gallons of water.
Make your toilet tank more efficient
Put an inch or two of sand or pebbles in the bottom of a one-liter bottle, fill the rest with water, and put it in your toilet tank. Just make sure it is safely away from the operating mechanism. In an average home, this simple trick can save five gallons of water every day without you noticing a difference in your toilet’s efficiency.
Even a small drip can waste 50 or more gallons of water per day. An inexpensive washer is usually enough to fix leaks in faucets and pipes.
Don’t let the faucet run
Rinse your vegetables in a bowl of water. Turn off the faucet as you brush your teeth or shave.
Plant the right plants at the right places
Besides needing less water, strategically placed and drought-resistant trees and plants can provide shade and help keep your home cooler, lowering your energy bill as well. You can also put a layer of mulch around trees and plants to slow down the evaporation of moisture.
Use water only where necessary
A water hose wastes so much water so use it only when it cannot be replaced. For example, a broom is all you need to clean driveways and sidewalks. Position your sprinklers strategically so water reaches places where it is needed instead of watering the gutter. Also, avoid windy days when much of your water may be carried off somewhere where it is not needed. When washing your car, use a hose only to rinse it in the end-use a soapy mixture first instead of using the hose twice.
We cannot live without clean water and air. Water is a finite resource and if we continue mismanaging it, we will need to face a life-threatening scenario of shortages in the near future. Water conservation can go a long way to put an end to the water crisis. We can no longer afford to take any of nature’s resources for granted.