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Save Water at Home—It’s Good for the Environment
Serious environmentalists have money to invest in expensive water-saving devices to protect the planet. However, the average family has little to spend on fancy tools, but they still want to help the environment.
The good news is that water conservation is easy and inexpensive to implement. With several small changes, household members can drastically reduce waste, and even take positive steps towards recycling this valuable liquid.
Everyone knows the easy rules: turn off the faucet while brushing their teeth, and take shorter showers. But there are many steps to make water conservation easy without affecting a family’s standard of living.
Pouring Water Down the Drain
As water is literally poured down the drain, money goes down with it. Homeowners should check their plumbing for leaks, and fix them if necessary.
- To test a toilet for leakage, place a few drops of food coloring in the tank. After an hour, check the basin. If the color has bled into the basin, then there is a leak. Simple fixes include changing the plug at the bottom of the tank. Savvy fix-it-uppers or a plumber can solve this problem easily.
- Faucets are notorious money wasters. Check around the base of the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room faucets regularly. If there are any leaks, stop by the local hardware store and purchase a washer. A few cents spend on a washer can save big money later.
- Aerators are another big way to save big bucks. Local home improvement stores sell aerators that attach to the bottom of each faucet’s nozzle. The water will still comfortably spray from the faucet, but less will be used.
Every home has daily chores that included washing clothes and doing the dishes. When doing these chores, families should be as efficient as possible.
- Make every load of laundry count. When running the dishwasher or the washing machine, families should make sure that the entire load is full. Running a half load is wasteful.
- If there is only enough laundry to run a half load, then place the setting on “small.” The machine will not fill up as high as a full load.
- The dishwasher should do all the work. Many families rinse their dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. This is not only a waste of water, but it’s a waste of effort as well. Scrape the plates into the trash can, and then let the dishwasher do the washing.
Quick Fixes Outside the House
Landscape watering affects a large portion of the average utility bill. Making small changes to landscaping practices can help families conserve water.
- Irrigation systems do pay off. Many homeowners are reluctant to invest in an irrigation system, since they are afraid that it will waste water. However, a quality irrigation contractor will be willing to install water management devices. These handy tools track the moisture and/or weather conditions, and only water when necessary.
- Timers are also effective. Families who rely on sprinklers should always use a timer to remind them when it’s time to turn the valve off. It’s very easy to forget that a sprinkler is on. Then the water simply runs off the lawn and down the nearest drain.
- Mulch is a practical tool. Gardeners love mulch; it provides protection for plants, and retains moisture. Invest in mulch each year, and plants will use their water more efficiently.
Recycling is the Key
Recycling generally brings up thoughts of aluminum cans and cardboard boxes. But recycling can help with water conservation efforts too.
- Gray water recycling is easy and free. This resource is generally clean water that should not be used for drinking. For example, ice cubes that fall on the floor can be melted and used as gray water. Water used to rinse or boil vegetables is also considered gray water. Instead of tossing these leftover liquids down the sink, toss them out the window to water the bushes outside.
- Reclaimed water is also easy to collect. This resource is clean water that has not been used for anything else, but is generally wasted. For example, when as the shower heats up, several gallons are wasted as they run down the drain. Simply place a bucket in the shower and save the water for a later use. This liquid should be used for flushing the toilet or tossing out the window.
Every citizen should be concerned about saving the natural resources. Water is particular important, as human survival is directly related to its existence. By making a few small lifestyle changes, each family on our planet can make a difference in water conservation.