Water conservation is essential worldwide, even in areas with it in abundance. This is attributed to limited water resources that are quickly getting depleted.
With the right tools and measures, you can easily save more water at home, both outdoors in the yard or garden and indoors.
Why conserve water?
Water conservation saves money through the utility bill. It also prevents water pollution in rivers, lakes, and local watersheds nearby.
Greenhouse gas emissions related to water treatment and distribution also reduce through water conservation.
Other benefits of water conservation include:
- Reduces soil saturation and pollution
- Extends the lifespan of septic systems
- Reduces load over municipal sewer systems
- Prevents untreated sewage from flowing into rivers and lakes
- Eliminates costly expansion of sewage systems
Here’re a few tools and devices to help you conserve water at home:
Top 5 Tools You Need for Water Conservation at Home
- Float boosters or plastic bottles to reduce waste in toilets
Add an inch or two of pebbles or sand in two plastic bottles to reduce water wastage. Next, fill the plastic bottles with water.
Screw the lids of the bottles on and place them inside your toilet tank. Make sure you place the bottles away from your toilet’s mechanisms of operation for safety.
Alternatively, purchase an affordable float booster or tank bank to save at least 10 gallons of water daily.
Ascertain that no less than 3 gallons of water stay in the tank at all times for proper flushing. Otherwise, you’ll do several flashes or hold the lever down for too long.
It’s better to flush your toilet with a single flush of two water gallons instead of two flushes at 1.4 gallons each.
Note that your toilet is not a wastebasket. So, don’t flush facial tissue, cigarette butts, or any other small trash in it. Doing so results in water wastage.
Recycle your trash or place them in the garbage.
- Check out leakage on all your pipes and faucets
Small drips from worn-out faucets can lead to wastage of water daily, up to 20 gallons. This means that a larger leak would cost much more.
Whereas some leaks can easily be identified, others can’t. Wash your sinks and tubs, and let them dry for at least an hour. Wetness points to the presence of leakage.
Dry the areas around your faucet handle before using them to check for leaks. You also need to check for leakages on your toilet.
Pour food coloring in the toilet tank to check for leaks. If the color appears in the bowl without flushing the toilet, there’s leakage.
You can also take your water meter readings (when water isn’t in use) after every two hours to check for leaks in your water system. A difference in readings points to water leakage.
Some leakage issues may require repair or replacement. Replacement parts are usually cost-effective and easy to install. You may use a flux core welder to repair leakage points.
The welding machine is electrically cold until the trigger is pressed for efficient energy use.
You can also insulate your water pipes with pre-slit foam pipe insulation. The water heats up fast and prevents wastage.
- Use a high-efficiency washing machine for your laundry
Unlike traditional washing machines, modern laundry machines are more efficient. They use as little as seven gallons of water per load. This is unlike the traditional machines that use 54 gallons of water to give your clothes an extra rinse.
Alter water levels to match your load size when working with partial loads.
A highly-efficient washing machine pays for its cost over its lifespan through energy and water savings. An Energy Star rated machine uses 35% to 50% less water and 50% less energy per load.
Consider frontload washers for savings and much more.
What’s more, don’t use the permanent press cycle because it tends to utilize at least 5 gallons more water daily. This gives an extra shine.
- Shower timers, showerheads and low flow faucet aerators for energy-efficient showers
Install low-cost showerheads or restrictors to save water. Low flow faucets utilize a minimum of 2.5 gallons of water each minute.
Long showers take up to 5 to 10 gallons of water, including every wasted minute. Use a showerhead or converter to your existing showerheads. This automatically pauses cold running showers once they become warmed or bored.
- Fit aerators onto household faucets and sinks to save water
This is the cheapest and easiest way to conserve water at home. A basic low-flow aerator saves water in the bathroom. On the other hand, a swiveling aerator does a myriad of such purposes.