By Diana Smith:
Did you know that only 2% of water on Earth is in fact fresh water? Therefore, it’s vital that we start thinking about the ways in which we can conserve it. Just think of every time you’ve waited for the hot water to start running before you stepped into the shower, or how much precious liquid you’ve wasted when flushing the toilet. Not only did you waste the water, but you also increased your water bill. The following suggestions will help you conserve water and save money at the same time.
Nothing wastes more water than flushing the toilet. So, be sure to replace your old toilet that uses 5 to 7 gallons with a new, low-flow model. They use only about 1.6 gallons and conserve plenty of water. Furthermore, check whether the toilet is leaking, and fix it as soon as possible if it is. According to research, a leaky toilet wastes 30 to 500 gallons of water a day. Use a trash can, not the toilet, for tissues and other bathroom waste. Additionally, avoid using the toilet as a garbage disposal. Not only will you waste water by flushing garbage, but you also risk clogging it and ending up with a huge problem.
Did you know that each minute you spend in the shower with the water running represents up to seven gallons of water? With this in mind, try to take the shortest shower possible: don’t stand under the shower for half an hour, no matter how pleasant it may be. Try to keep the showering time to a maximum of five minutes and you’ll save a lot of water in the process. While you’re waiting for the hot water to start running, you could also put a bucket underneath the shower to catch the cold water. You can later use it for cleaning, flushing the toilet, or even watering your plants. Invest in water-saving showerheads. Unlike the older showerheads that deliver 5 to 7 gallons of water per minute, the low-flow devices deliver only up to 2.5 gallons and don’t cost a fortune. If you shave in the shower, be sure to turn off the water while you do it. Additionally, if you tend to have frequent and long baths, try to break the habit. Since the average bath requires 35 to 50 gallons of water, try to take a shower instead, and save up to 25 gallons.
Activities such as tooth brushing and shaving don’t require the water to run all the time. Therefore, open the tap only when you need to wash off the toothbrush or rinse the razor. What’s more, instead of letting the water run, a much better idea is to fill the sink with a bit of water and wash the razor in it. Furthermore, check the faucet for leaks to make sure water isn’t being wasted this way, either. If you see that both the taps and the toilet are leaking, you’ll need to invest in new quality bathroom fixtures and do bathroom renovations to stop the leaks. The constant dripping wastes more than 20 gallons of water a day, so be sure to fix it.
If we don’t take water saving seriously, a clean water supply will become a huge problem in the future. It’s not difficult to conserve water, so we should all make it our priority. Start with the bathroom, and use every chance to save as much water as possible. Fix the leaky faucets; don’t leave them on unless you actually need to wash something; and switch to low-flow toilets and water efficient showerheads. With these fixes, you’ll conserve water in the bathroom efficiently.