Eco Living: 7 Ways to Save Water at Home
Water is an essential part of our survival. Everything that makes us human depends on water to function. Most parts of the earth are covered in water. While there seems to be a never-ending supply of water, we can only consume less than 1% of the earth’s water. What’s more, most people globally cannot access clean and fresh water. Most countries have limited drinking water resources. There is a limited supply of drinkable water around the world. Each drop of water consumed or wasted means a slight depletion of the world’s consumable water. Therefore, the little water you save will come in handy. It will slow down the exhaustion of the earth’s clean and fresh water.
So, let’s explore how your household can conserve water each day.
Fix All the Leaks
Leaks around the house can lead to lots of wasted water. Routinely maintain the plumbing and faucets around your home. Check for broken seals, clogged lines, corrosion on the plumbing lines, corroded or damaged pipe joints, or loose water connectors. Once in a while, turn off the water and check whether the meter is intact. A slight shift on the meter shows there’s water leakage in your home.
Install Eco-Friendly Water Filtration Systems
Reverse osmosis water filters let your family consume toxin-free water. Think of installing an eco-friendly reverse osmosis water filter to prevent wastage of water. The eco-friendly version means the filtration system will generate less wastewater as it purifies the water around your home.
Be Mindful of Your Showers
Have candid conversations about shorter showers with your family. Averagely, showers last 8 minutes, and each person uses close to 2.1 gallons each minute they shower. Thus, every time you take a short shower, you save lots of water. Get in the shower, do your business in a jiffy, and get out. Pause the shower each time your lather. Better still, install flow restrictors or shower efficient showerheads. Often take baths instead of showers.
Off the Faucets
Busy brushing your teeth? Why is the tap on? Off it and turn it on while rinsing. Leaving the top on as when brushing your teeth or shaving means more than 4 gallons of water is wasted down the drain. Rather than leaving the faucet on, why don’t you use a reusable cup? Remember to also turn off the tap while shaving.
Water the Lawn Only When It’s Parched
Don’t run water over your lawn each day. It doesn’t need lots of water. Once or twice a week is enough to keep your lawn looking luscious and well maintained. Remember to water it in the morning or late evening. If you water it during the daytime, all the water will end up in the sky instead of the soil.
Dishwasher Instead of Handwashing
Running water as you wash your utensils leads to lots of water wastage. Always opt for a dishwasher in place of hand washing your utensils. Dishwashers save time, energy, and water. Always ensure there is a full load in the dishwasher. But be careful not to overload the dishwasher. This will help maximize the water and energy used to maintain clean dishes. Select the eco option before running the dishwasher. The option will save more water. Save water by bypassing the pre-rinse option. If you can only hand wash your dishes, wash all the dishes, then quickly run them through running water or a spray device.
Full Loads Only
Run your washing machine on full load only. The amount of water saved while washing your laundry depends on the washing machine you use. Energy-efficient options conserve more water compared to standard washing machines. Look at the machine’s water-saving ratings before buying the washing machine. Go with washing machines that have small ratings. If you just have a bunch of items to wash, put it off to the next cycle or adjust the machine’s setting to the lowest capacity possible. You can always re-wear your clothes to avoid overusing the washing machine. When handwashing clothes, use less water and less detergent. Turn off the faucet once you’ve got enough water in the sink or washbasin. Don’t dispose of greywater. You can recycle it.
Embracing these water-saving solutions means there’ll be more consumable water in the future.