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10 Ways to Conserve Water in Your Home

Daniel Kedinger - Monday, March 30, 2015
For most people, water is turned on with an effortless push on the faucet, and it is readily available for all needs. It seems almost magical.  It is an act that becomes routine and thoughtless, and as a result, a substantial amount of water can be wasted. In order to conserve water in your home, it is important to be mindful of daily acts leading to inefficient water use.
1. Recycle water by using excess water from glasses/cups or from cooking to water plants or to clean instead of putting it down the drain.

2. Wait to do laundry when you are able to run a full load. Same concept applies to a dishwasher.

3. If you wash dishes by hand, do not keep the faucet running. Use one side of the sink for cleaning by filling the basin with water or cleaning liquid and rinse the clean dish with slow-moving water from the faucet in the other basin.

4. Avoid using the toilet to dispose of insects or tissues. Place such items in the trashcan instead of flushing them down toilet to get rid of them.

5. Replace older toilets with high efficiency or low-flow toilets.

6. Be mindful of bath time. Taking a bath uses a considerable amount more water than a ten minute shower if you keep filling the tub to maintain its warmth.

7. While waiting for the water to heat up in the shower, use a bucket to collect the excess water. This water can be recycled for watering plants, flushing toilets, filling dog bowls, cleaning, et cetera.

8. You can spot potential water leaks by keeping an eye on your water bill. A spike may be an indicator you have a leak. Call a plumber to find out the source.

9. Updating faucets and other fixtures for more efficient and water conserving brands can lead to savings on your monthly bill.

10. Insulate hot water pipes to help lessen the time needed to get running water hot.
Conserving water can be a simple task. All it takes is mindfulness and breaking a few life-long habits.

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