Four Easy Ways to
Conserve Water at Home
If your household is like most in the United States, you likely use up to a whopping 400 gallons of water each and every day. Due to climate change, we face the problem of droughts that simply won’t allow us to sustainably continue using so much water as a whole. And with one in eight people throughout the world lacking access to clean drinking water, it makes sense to take part in conserving some water at home. It’s possible to conserve water and lower your household’s carbon footprint on the planet without sacrificing comfort and convenience—here at Modernize, we think the following effective yet easy conservation tips are worth considering:
Turn it off at the Sink
One super easy way to conserve water on a daily basis is to turn the faucet off while brushing your teeth, washing your hands, or cleaning a dish. Simply get the toothbrush damp, turn the water off to brush, then quickly rinse the brush off before putting it away. You can use the same method for just about anything you need to do at the sink. Put a small note near your sinks at home to remind family members of your new sink rule.
Fix Your Leaks
Water pipe leaks tend to waste lots of water, many times without being detected. Because of this it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your water bill so you can spot when your use becomes unexplainably high, as this may indicate that you’ve got a leak somewhere that needs to be fixed. It’s also important to take a look under your sinks once a month or so to make sure no water is leaking out of the pipes. Yearly inspections by a professional is also helpful. If a leak does occur, you will find that hiring a plumber will be more cost effective than letting a small leak slide in the long run.
Flush Less Often
Considering that just one flush uses up to four gallons of water at a time, there really is no reason to flush your toilet every time someone uses it. As the old saying goes, “if it’s yellow let it mellow” and flush the toilet only after every two or three times someone goes, as opposed every time. You’d be surprised at how quickly the saved gallons of water add up by the end of the day!
Bathe More and Shower Less
Many times showering requires the use of more water than bathing does, especially if an aerator is not fitted on the showerhead. Filling up a bathtub offers a natural way to control the amount of water used during a bathing session, and baths give you an opportunity to do things like shave without using up any extra water. Soaking in a bath is likely to help you feel cleaner for longer, allowing you to skip a day of bathing here and there without feeling like you’re sacrificing cleanliness or looks.
As you can see, it takes only a few small changes to make a big difference in your water use at home. And as an added bonus, you can expect to save some money on water and electricity bills thanks to your conservation efforts.
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