13 Ways to Save Water at Home
Below are 13 ways to save water that ou can adopt for your household and your daily life. In doing so, you will not only save on your utilities but also lower your carbon footprint and living a green lifestyle. Without further a due here goes…
1) Check and fix any leaking faucets or water pipes around your house. This is one of the easiest ways to save water at home.
2) Use water from washing of your fruits and vegetables to water your plants. If you are cooking rice, the milky water from the first wash contains nutrients that are good for your plants.
3) Switch to a front loading washers instead of those conventional top loading ones and only start a wash cycle when you have a full load of laundry.
4) Do not rinse your dishes under a running tap instead fill up your sink or a good-sized container with water to rinse them off.
5) When you are brushing your teeth, use a wash mug to contain your water instead of using a running tap.
6) Shorten your shower timing by just a few minutes and encourage everyone in the family to do so. Such simple acts of involving the whole household are good ways to save water and also encourage family interaction.
7) Upgrade or change your cistern to water saving models especially those that incorporate the half-flush function in their flushing mechanism.
8) Install water saving accessories like WaterSense certified shower heads or faucets for your showers and kitchens. Another good and economical way to do it will be to wrap a piece of linen cloth over your tap to regulate and also act as a filter for your water.
9) Use a bucket of water and cloth to wash your car, rather than hosing it down with water. If not, install a hose nozzle to regulate the flow of water from your hose. Such ways to save water will also give you an increase in cleaning efficiency using possibly less water.
10) Collect rain water during rainy seasons that is perfect for washing your yard or even watering your plants. However if your region is infested by mosquitoes, you may need to check your water periodically for larvae.
11) Time your sprinklers in your backyard to water your plants during dawn or evening when the weather is less hot thus reducing the loss of water as a result of evaporation.
12) For households with a swimming pool, cover it up when not in use and make sure that a recirculating pumping system is in place for your pool.
13) Teach young children in your household good water saving habits like making sure that the faucet is turned off after every use. This is a good way to educate them the benefits and importance to save water.