Water conservation has rapidly become a tremendous issue. You don’t have to look far to see stories of drought, contaminated fresh water, and general shortages. Our most precious resource has rapidly become an increasingly scarce resource. To that end, here are several every day tips that we can all use to reduce our consumption of water.
- Repair that leaking toilet: Want to make a huge impact on your water conservation effort – this may be it. This is consistently seen as one of the largest waste areas in home. A leaking toilet can easily lose upwards of 20-30 gallons of water per day. That’s over 10,000 gallons of water per year lost to a leaking valve. You can easily identify if you have a problem by listening. If you hear the toilet running but not in use, you have a problem. You can also drop coloring into the tank and watch to see if it makes its way into the bowl. Again, if you see the color show up without a flush, then you have a leak.
- Eliminate baths – settle for showers instead: Traditional bathing consumes nearly double the water of a shower. This will help in water usage as well as energy usage to heat less water. Who knew water conservation could be so easy?
- Shorten your shower time: Up to five gallons of water can be saved for every minute you take off of your shower time. Three minutes taken off your shower every day will result in a over 5,000 gallons of water conservation!
- Have an Energy Audit conducted of your home: An energy audit for your house or apartment can be done independently or through some contractors that do HVAC, electrical, and plumbing work. Going with an independent firm is an excellent way to get unbiased observations and recommendations without high pressure sales to install a new furnace, solar panels, or water heater. The recommendations from an independent firm will still give you excellent insight into your home’s energy consumption and how you can directly improve it through everyday actions.
- Install eco-friendly faucet and shower heads: Add a water-conserving nozzle on your sink faucets and shower heads
- Repair a dripping faucet: A single leaky faucet in your home can have a tremendous impact. Consider this; a faucet with 3 drips per minute will waste over 100 gallons of water per year. Try the calculator yourself to see how much water you are wasting.
- Brush teeth with the faucet turned off: Doing so can save between one gallon and 5 gallons per day. That’s upwards of 1,800 gallons in annual water savings.
- Use a cover on your pool: Fortunate enough to have a pool – that’s great; but be sure to use a pool cover when it’s not in use. According to the US Energy Department, pools covers offer the benefits of conserving water by reducing the amount of make-up water needed by 30%–50%. They also reduce the pool’s chemical consumption by 35%–60%.
- Water your lawn responsibly: Always be sure to follow local water restrictions. Also, when you do water, be sure to do it early in the day between 6:00 am and 10:00 am for best results. Any later and you risk having most of the water evaporate into the air.
- Invest in a quality reusable water bottle: Stop buying plastic disposable bottles. The process to manufacture disposable bottles in remarkably inefficient and wastes 3 liters of water for every single bottle produced. Check here for more information. Our suggestion is to purchase a quality stainless steel or recycled glass container for your daily hydration needs!
You see how easy most of these water conservation tips are? Now see how many you can knock of the list and make an impact of your own!