New years inevitably come with new resolutions and goals, things you want to change or achieve in your life. A common resolution people make is to be more responsible with things like food, waste, and water; things we use or dispose of every day. As we enter 2015, here are 4 ways that you can do your part and conserve water.
1. Be a Leak Detective
Household plumbing leaks are common, and the amount of water wasted because of leaks adds up fast. For example, if you put a gallon-sized bucket under a kitchen faucet with a slow leak of only one drip per second, at the end of a year you would have 3,000 full buckets of water. That’s enough water to wash 81 loads of laundry.
It pays to be a leak detective and fix every leak, no matter how insignificant it may seem.
Here are some common sources of leaks in the home:
- Toilets. Check for worn flappers and failed seals around the base of the toilet
- Garden Hoses and Sprinkler Systems. Look for pinholes in hoses, and broken sprinkler heads on yard irrigation systems.
- Faucets and Shower Heads. Check for worn gaskets behind handles, which make it impossible to completely shut off water flow.
- Water Heaters. Look for water stains around the base of your water heater. Minerals in the water can cause rust and degrade the integrity of the holding tank.
2. Consider a Brown Water Recycling System
Brown water is the water in your home that you’ve already used for something, such as showering or doing laundry. Utilizing brown water means that you get one more use out of it before it goes back into your town’s water filtration and supply system. A common way that people use brown water is to irrigate their lawn or flower gardens. This is a great way to conserve water, because you are essentially getting free lawn and garden watering. A brown water recycling expert can come in and install an economical system to divert used laundry water to your outdoor irrigation system.
3. Make Small Lifestyle Adjustments
Tiny changes add up to big water savings. Try these in 2015:
- Turn off water while you brush your teeth to conserve water.
- Fill the basin with water to wash your face instead of leaving the tap on.
- Take a shower instead of a bath and save up to 25 gallons per instance.
- Install a low-flow showerhead to conserve water and save up to 2.5 gallons per minute of use.
4. Minimize Kitchen Water Use
The kitchen is where a lot of water is wasted in the home. Here are two ways to conserve water while cooking.
- Save drained water from pasta and vegetables. Store in refrigerator to use in soups and for boiling other food items.
- When you fill your sink with soapy water to place dirty dishes and utensils as you cook, you’ll eliminate the need to rinse everything before stacking inside the dishwasher.
Conserving water in your home puts money back into your wallet, and makes our world a better place for future generations.