Conserving water not only benefits the environment, it saves you money, too. Here are 8 ways you can easily save water at home.
1. Don’t let the water run while you brush your teeth.
Your faucet can dump 2.5 gallons each minute you leave it running. Leaving the water running when you brush your teeth wastes a significant amount of water. Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush. Turn it back on when you need to rinse the sink, your brush, and your mouth out.
2. Fix leaking faucets to save water at home.
If your faucets are leaking, they are wasting water. Call a plumber to get a leaking faucet fixed as soon as possible in order to save water at home. It might be a simple fix like replacing an o-ring, which you can do yourself.
3. Take shorter showers.
Some shower heads use almost 5 gallons of water for every minute you are in the shower. Try taking quicker showers to cut down on water use. Setting a timer will help you keep track of your shower time.
4. Use a car wash.
If you frequently wash your car at home, consider visiting a car wash instead. While you’ll have to pay to have your car washed, car washes recycle water, making them more energy efficient and less wasteful than washing your car at home.
5. Install efficient water fixtures.
Choosing WaterSense labeled faucets, showerheads, and toilets is an easy way to save water at home. They can help you save money and you’ll use less water without changing any habits.
6. Only run the dishwasher at full capacity.
If you’re running a half-full dishwasher, you could be wasting gallons of water each cycle. Wait until the dishwasher is at capacity to run the machine.
7. Fill up the sink when washing dishes.
If you don’t have a dishwasher and wash the dishes by hand, don’t allow the tap to run. Instead, fill up the sink with soapy water and use that to clean your dishes.
8. Get a rainwater barrel.
Harvesting rainwater is an effective way to save water at home. Use the rainwater you collect to water your plants.
Saving water at home is as simple as changing a few habits. Be sure to keep these tips in mind the next time you take a shower, use the sink, or wash the car.