Tips to save water throughout the home
There are things that can be done to reduce the water usage throughout your home. The areas where water is being used most often is the kitchen, bathroom and garden area. To find out ways you can reduce water usage, save some money and support your surroundings. Consider these following steps:
In the Bathroom
Monitor the Faucet.
This means running water only when needed or necessary. While doing other things in the bathroom, you can switch or turn off the faucet and also, make use of the stopper in the wash basin/sink.
Set shower at low-flow.
New shower heads now help with saving water usage through its low flow rate. Same with the bath faucet which can be changed to a low flow model.
More showers, fewer baths
It takes up to 30 gallons of water to fill a bathtub and about 25 gallons for a 10minutes shower. Using a low-flow shower head will save you about 10 gallons as a shower of same 10 minutes duration so it will only cost for 20 gallons.
Carry out toilet leak tests.
Check the water tank in the toilet to see if there is any leak. You can also add some drops of colored food to the toilet tank and within an hour, if it seeps into the basin or bowl, then, it’s leaking.
In the Kitchen
Using the dishwasher saves water as manual washing takes up more water.
Upgrade to a water-smart dishwasher
When changing your dishwasher, look for a more water efficient model with lesser cost.
Favor the garbage can, not the garbage disposal.
Usually, garbage disposal requires some volume of water for cleaning while the garbage can does not. Using the garbage can save you some water.
Go low-flow again
Make use of a low-flow faucet for your kitchen sink.
In the Garden
Use recycled water for your garden using xeriscape
Save water by recycling. There are many ways you can get recycled water. Collect rainwater and use drainage from your roof when it rains.You can use gray water for non edible plants which is the drainage from your sinks, showers, laundry, dishwasher and other non-toilet sources (research more about gray water). Capturing this water may take a little more effort, but the benefit to the environment and your wallet can make it well worth it.
Lock moisture into your soil
Plant ground covers beside thirsty plants and spread mulch in your garden