We all need to know how to utilize limited resources wisely. Water being one of the most precious and life-saving fluid on earth; it has to be wisely used, saved and conserved for future generations. If you are one of those staying in the drought-prone areas, then you surely know its importance. Even while water covers 70 per cent of the earth; only 2.5 per cent of it is fresh. Again, only 1 per cent of this 2.5 per cent is easily accessible to humans with the remaining trapped in snowfields and glaciers. So, on this World Water Day, think twice about wasting this precious resource and move on to conserving water in every aspect while educating others about the necessity of saving water. Read on for a good number of tips for saving water at home.
1. Brush On, Tap Off
Why keep the tap running when you are brushing your teeth. Just turn off the faucet immediately after wetting your brush. That 1 minute of turning off the tap while brushing saves up 6 liters of water while also bringing down your utility bills.
2. Shorter Showers Please
Avoid long showers except on days that you really want to feel luxurious. Simple techniques like turning off the shower while applying soap and turning it on only to rinse could save as much as 6-20 liters in just a minute. Think about it.
3. Collect Shower Water
Sounds a bit strange? Do this: While waiting for the shower water to warm up, put a bucket under the shower. This water goes well in flushing toilets and watering plants. This will evoke a feeling of responsibility in you while encouraging others in the home.
4. Re-Use Cooking Water
What do you do to that large vessel water after cleaning your vegetables and dishes? Don’t throw it. Used water from kitchen is highly organic and can be put to good use like watering plants in the kitchen or backyard. Waste from kitchen also goes well into garden compost.
5. Run Appliances on Full Loads
Operate your dishwasher and washing machines only on full loads. Half loads waste gallons of water. If you are left with no choice, for partial loads, check the size of the load and adjust water settings accordingly.
6. Wash Dishes by Hand Wisely
If you are hand washing the dishes, there is no need to keep the faucet turned on when applying soap to the dishes. Turn the pap on only to rinse off. Again, you may keep a pan of hot water and put all the washed dishes in the pan to rinse them clean using less water.
7. Fix Leaks Immediately
A dripping tap wastes 12 liters of water in just a day. So, either you call a plumber and get it fixed or do it yourself. This step will go a long way to save on your water bills. Also, use flow meters to monitor the water usage in the home.
8. Car wash and Pet Wash
Take your car to a car wash that will recycle the water, instead of washing it with a hose. Give your pet a bath in the lawn. Your act serves as dual-purpose, your pet gets a nature shower and at the same time your lawn gets watered.
9. Choose Efficient Appliances
Invest in Water Sense rated washing machine and dishwasher. Opt for low-flow bath fixtures that save both water and money. Installing low flow aerators and other fixtures might require a little investment in the beginning but will pay back in less than a year.
10. Get Your Water Pipes Insulated
Water pipes can be insulated with foam pipe insulation. This is really inexpensive and easy as well. Thus, your water heats faster. This ways your time and water get conserved. Installing tank-less water heater in the bath can completely eliminate the need for pipes and their insulation while saving a lot of money.
This list might seem like a humongous task at one go. So, just pick those which you can immediately implement and slowly proceed to do more in this domain. Even small changes from a single family can contribute to saving hundreds of gallons of water each year.