A small initiative in conserving water can have a big impact to your family’s monthly household budget. Water is very important in all aspects of your daily undertakings but it is vital also to think in saving it because you will not only help minimise your water consumption but in the bigger picture, you are helping reduce its impact on the environment.
There are many ways to save water in and around your home either at your yard, kitchen, laundry or bathroom and they all start with you. Here are some simple water savings tips for you to remember:
Yard or General Outdoor Areas
- Minimise evaporation by watering during the early morning hours when temperatures are cooler and winds are lighter.Remember to periodically check your sprinkler system valves for leaks, and to keep sprinkler heads in good shape.
- In your garden,use mulch or compost in the garden to increase water absorption and the moisture content of your soil.
- Use a rain barrel to harvest rainwater from gutters for watering gardens and landscapes, for internal uses such as clothes washing or toilet flushing.
- Wash your pets outdoors, in an area of your lawn that needs water.
- Use a commercial car wash that recycles water. Or, wash your car on the lawn, and you’ll water your grass at the same time.
At the Kitchen
- Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.
- When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.
- Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
- If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead.
- Don’t use running water to thaw food. For water efficiency and food safety, defrost food in the refrigerator.
At the Laundry
- Wash full loads. It takes approximately the same amount of energy to wash a small load as it does a full load. Sort and organize your laundry for full loads, saving both energy and water. Every time the machine is used, you’re consuming water, so consolidating washes will be more efficient.
- Wash in cold water. Today's laundry detergents are made to clean clothes in cold water. The majority of energy used for washing clothes comes from heating water. Use hot water only for very dirty clothes and always use cold water for rinsing.
- Presoak or use the soak cycle when washing heavily soiled garments. You will avoid two washings and save energy.
- Don't overload the washer and dryer. Your clothes may not get clean and may need to be washed again. Overloading dryers uses excess energy because items take longer to dry.
- Keep the clothes dryer's outside exhaust clean. A clogged exhaust lengthens drying time and increases energy use.
In the Bathroom
- When washing your hands, turn the water off while you lather. When cleaning your teeth, fill a cup of water to rinse your mouth instead of running the tap.
- Consider buying a dual-flush toilet. It has two flush options: a half-flush for liquid waste and a full-flush for solid waste.
- Put a bucket in the shower while you’re waiting for the water to warm up, and use the water you catch for watering plants, flushing the toilet or cleaning.
- Think of baths as an occasional treat and stick to showers. The average bath uses 35 to 50 gallons of water whereas a 10-minute shower with a low-flow showerhead only uses 25 gallons.
- Fix those leaky faucets. That constant drip is more than just annoying; it’s also a huge waste of water. You can lose more than 20 gallons of water a day from a single drippy faucet.
By taking simple steps to reduce your water use at home you can quickly be on your way to saving gallons and dollars everyday.
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