How to conserving water at home?
With water crises looming in many parts of the world, using water wisely has become an essential practice both to lower bills and to ensure adequate supply for all needs. There are many simple yet impactful ways we can reduce unnecessary water usage in our daily home routines. Small adjustments to habits and upgrades to water-efficient fixtures cumulatively add up to major savings. This blog provides practical tips anyone can follow to start conserving water at home.
The bathroom accounts for nearly half of all household water consumption. Little changes here make a big difference:
- Take 5 minute or shorter showers instead of baths. Install a shower timer if needed.
- Fix any leaky faucets and toilets. A tiny drip can waste hundreds of gallons over time. Know how to replace washers, O-rings, flappers.
- Install low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators, and other water-saving fixtures. Look for EPA Water Sense rated products.
- Turn off faucets while brushing teeth, shaving, washing hands. This simple habit prevents needless waste.
- Only run full loads of laundry and dishes to maximize efficiency. Scrape rather than rinse dishes before loading.
- Consider installing a low-flush or composting toilet that use less water per flush. Dual flush toilets are also water-saving.
- Place a plastic bottle filled with water in tank to displace volume and reduce water needed per toilet flush.
- Take shorter and less frequent showers. Limit shower length to 5 minutes max. Shower every other day if feasible.
The kitchen is another daily source of water use. Smart practices in this space include:
- Only run dishwasher when fully loaded. Use shortest wash cycle that cleans dishes properly.
- Hand wash dishes in basin rather than under running tap. Soak burnt food to remove instead of prolonged rinsing.
- Fill sink or basin when washing fruits/veggies rather than rinse under tap. Reuse this water on houseplants.
- Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the fridge rather than running tap. This also avoids wasting water waiting for it to get cold.
- Use minimal water for food prep. Soak, scrape, or wipe foods instead of rinsing with water unnecessarily.
- Designate a special bowl in sink to wash produce and reuse water before pouring on plants. Saves gallons daily.
- Steam vegetables rather than boiling for faster cooking using less water. Reuse pasta cooking water for stock.
- If washing dishes by hand, don't leave tap running. Plug sink and use wash and rinse basins.
There are many ways to reduce outdoor water use for lawn care and gardening:
- Only water lawn when needed based on type of grass and weather conditions, 1-2 times a week max.
- Water early morning or evening to minimize evaporation. Adjust sprinklers to avoid overspray on sidewalks.
- Install a smart sprinkler controller that automatically adjusts watering time and frequency based on weather and plant needs.
- Choose native plants adapted to the local climate for your garden. They require less frequent watering once established.
- Use soaker or drip hoses that directly water plant roots rather than sprinklers that waste water.
- Use mulch in plant beds and gardens to retain moisture and inhibit weeds that compete for water.
- Sweep patios, sidewalks and driveways instead of hosing them down. Allow grass clippings to fertilize lawn.
- Collect rainwater in barrels from downspouts to use for watering plants and gardens later.
- Let lawn grow longer in summer. Deeper roots access more groundwater and shade surface, reducing evaporation.
More ways to seek out water savings:
- Find and fix any home leaks. Do a periodic water audit to catch high usage from hidden leaks.
- Replace aging appliances like dishwashers and washing machines with water-efficient Energy Star models.
- Insulate hot water pipes to minimize loss of heat and water wasted waiting for it to get hot.
- Choose low water use plants like cacti and succulents for indoor plant arrangements.
- Wash full loads of laundry or dishes only. Set machine to proper size to avoid waste.
- Turn off water when soaping hands, brushing teeth, scrubbing dishes. Resume for final rinse.
- Take shorter showers. Install a shower timer as a reminder. Setting 5 minute max shower goals cuts use.
- Reduce garbage disposal use. Compost food scraps instead. Use drain screens to catch particles and avoid constant rinsing.
- When washing cars or boats by hand, use a bucket of soapy water and only rinse with hose when done.
Making water conservation an easy habit starts with information and conscientious effort. But it quickly becomes second nature. Simple homemade signs placed near sinks or showers can serve as handy reminders for all household members to use water wisely. With everyone doing their small part each day, significant reductions in home water use are readily achievable.