Archive | September, 2017

Reduce Water Usage in Your Home

running faucet

Water is a precious commodity and most of us don’t understand its importance.

There are many countries in this world where people suffer due to extreme shortage of water.

There are many other states which suffer from dire water scarcities arising due to draughts. It is our duty as humans to use water responsibly and help in reducing its wastage.

The following tips can help one reduce water use in their homes:

  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. Water flows from the taps at the speed of 2.5 gallons per minute.
  • Use a bucket to have a bath rather than the shower every time. This could help you preserve a large amount of water.
  • Run the tap at a low speed when you are washing your hands with soap. You could even turn it off while you are scrubbing and then turn it on again when you need to wash.
  • You could flush after using the toilet twice to thrice instead of flushing every time. Flushes use large amounts of water.
  • Make sure there are no leakages in your house. Fix any dripping taps and faucets.
  • The left over water after you boil your pasta or rice can be used to water your plants instead of letting it down the drain.
  • Try getting your car cleaned at a car wash center rather than at home. You tend to use more water cleaning your car yourself at home. Car wash centers use recycled water to clean cars.
  • Choose water efficient fixtures for your bathrooms and toilets such as low-flow toilet, efficient shower heads, water sense rated dishwashers and washing machines.
  • If you must have a lawn then shrink its size else incorporate more of succulents, xeriscaped landscapes and other plants that survive on less water. Try keeping some wonderful succulents in your balconies and foyer areas.
  • Run your dishwashers or washing machines only when they are full. Half load machines also use a lot of water to run.
  • Monitor your water bills regularly. A sudden spike in water bill could mean there is some leakage in the house. If you find any spike, call for an expert plumber to find out the culprit immediately.
  • Install rain barrels for rain water harvesting. You can keep your plants hydrated this way. Harvested rain water can be used for cleaning and washing your yard or mopping the floor.
  • Make sure you water your plants in the early morning to ensure minimum water evaporation.
  • Do not wash each dish separately under a flowing tap of water. You could fill up your sink with water and then use that water for scrubbing.
  • Using less electricity will indirectly make you conserve water as power plants require lots of water to cool down.

These small tips will go a long way in helping us preserve water. If every house in the community preserves water this way, it will help in saving a lot of water and also reducing water bills.