How to Conserve Water
Taking the time to conserve water can help to reduce your monthly water bill and help the environment. The following will provide a few ideas to help you reduce home much water your family consumes monthly and your result may be a decrease in the cost of this utility bill.
Tips on How to Conserve Water
Tip 1: Turn off the water when brushing your teeth. This may seem like common sense, but typically people let the water run unnecessarily when brushing their teeth. You can save roughly 25 gallons of water a month for one person. This can really add up if you have more than one person living in your home.
Tip 2: Replace toilet fixtures at the first sign of leaks. Leaking toilets is a common problem especially if you are using harsh chemicals to keep the toilet clean. Drop in tablets can cause problems with rubber seals and gaskets. To test for leaks, place a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the color appears in the bowl without flushing then you have a leak. Fixing leaks in a toilet can save roughly 1,000 gallons of water every month.
Tip 3: Replace shower heads with water-efficient models. If you live in an older home or apartment chances are the shower head is not water-efficient. Home Depot, Meijer, and other home improvement stores carry a diverse line of shower heads to fit your needs.
Tip 4: Wash full loads of laundry and dishes. Don’t run your dish washer until it is full since the machine will use the same amount of water. The same goes with washing your clothes. Try to resist small loads throughout the week and save for larger loads to wash. This is more effective and can save an estimated 1,000 gallons each month.
Tip 5: Stop the leaking. Listen for any sounds of trickling water or drips. This can cost you up to 300 or more gallons a month. Reduce leaks by tightening fixtures or replacing broken items.
Other tips include watering plants with leftover drinking water, catching rain water in barrels to water your plants and gardens, and reduce the use of your garbage disposal by starting a compost pile. Small changes can make your cost of water each month drop providing you with a little extra savings each month.
Do you have any suggestions on how to conserve water? Feel free to start a discussion or provide our readers with more money saving tips.