As a swimming pool owner, water conservation is no doubt large on your radar. Water conservation isn’t limited to careful swimming pool and water feature planning; it can extend to any way you utilize water, inside or outside your home. From your bathrooms and your kitchen to your gardening and cleaning routines, you can take small steps toward conserving water.
Conserving Water in the Bathroom
No doubt about it: most of us waste a lot of water in the bathroom. Did you know that shortening shower time by a single minute can lead to major water savings over a year? If you set a timer to help you reduce your shower length and shut off the shower while you lather shampoo into your hair and shave, you’ll be making some major strides toward reducing unnecessary water use! You can also increase the benefits by installing low-flow shower heads — and you probably won’t even notice the difference.
Another simple step toward reducing water use in the bathroom is to upgrade your existing toilet; if it’s older, it can use a significantly higher amount of water in order to operate. Newer models are known to use water much more efficiently. However, if you’re not ready to make a major change, you can simply place a disposable water bottle (full of water with the cap screwed on) in your existing toilet’s upper tank, displacing water and, by extension, using less water each time you flush.
You can also make sure your existing toilet is leak free by putting a few drops of food coloring in that upper tank. Leave it alone for about a half hour and then take a peek at the bowl. If the water is clear, you’re good to go. If the water in the bowl has become colored, you know you have a leak and therefore need to call the plumber.
Conserving Water in the Kitchen
The single most significant way to reduce water waste in the kitchen is to upgrade your appliances to Energy Star models. If all you do is install a new refrigerator/freezer and dishwasher, you’ll stand to save hundreds of gallons each year! Another simple step you can take is to stop letting the faucet run while you wash your hands or dishes; you can also make sure everyone turns off the faucet when it’s not being used by having a pedal sink installed.
Instead of using that garbage disposal (which means unnecessarily running water down the drain!), save some of those scraps for a compost pile. Your plants will appreciate the nutrient-rich soil! And on that note, there are many ways to reduce water waste in your garden. But you’ll have to read our next post to learn more about those!
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