Water conservation has become an increasingly important topic in recent years. Finding ways to reuse, save and redistribute water is essential for the future of our species.
Here are 11 easy ways to reduce your water consumption, (and hopefully save some cash too).
1. Keep Your Plumbing in Tip Top Shape - Ensuring your plumbing and septic systems remain in good order reduces the chances of losing water due to leaks or disrepair.
2. Brush with the water off - Wet brush, apply toothpaste then turn off the faucet while you clean your pearly whites. This is a quick, easy way to save water every day.
3. Install a water filter system - Modern filters actively conserve water as they do their job. Plus filtering your own water reduces the need for the wasteful bottled water industry.
4. Install a tankless water heater - Hot water is virtually instant and they eliminate the need for a big tank which takes up space and has the potential to do serious damage should it malfunction.
5. Water when the sun is low - If you live in a warm climate and must irrigate your grass, do it as close to sunset or sunrise as possible. This saves water that would evaporate in the heat of the day and it’s better for the grass too. Water droplets magnify the sun which can burn fragile blades.
6. Start sweeping - Instead of rinsing your driveways and sidewalks, sweep them. The end result is essentially the same, you just have to apply a little elbow grease instead of letting water do the work for you.
7. Start a compost pile - Starting a compost pile instead of putting food down your garbage disposal saves water, eliminates an extra strain on your septic system and helps your garden grow.
8. Only wash a full load - This goes for both clothes and dishes. Waiting until you have a full load maximizes efficiency and reduces wasted resources.
9. Shower instead of taking a bath - If you are efficient with your time, a quick shower uses far less water than filling the bath full. Buy yourself a shower head built to conserve water and you save even more.
10. Let someone else wash your car - Washing your own car wastes a lot of water. Car washes generally use water more efficiently. To maximize water savings visit one that uses recycled water.
11. Don’t Pour it Down the Drain - Dispose of your hazardous chemicals properly. Those that go down drains and into gutters run the risk of contaminating large quantities of our water supplies.
These tips are easy to follow and will make a difference to the planet and to your water bill.