Whether you live somewhere suffering from a drought or you simply want to help the environment, water conservation is very important. You are doing the Earth a favour by saving as many precious resources as possible. Here are some easy ways to save water at home.
Have Plumbing Leaks Fixed
One important way to conserve water in your home is by getting leaks fixed right away. It might seem like the faucet only drips a little bit, but all those drips are using up water for no good reason. From drips in the faucet to leaky pipes, you are continuously wasting water just by not having the repairs done. Anytime you think you have a leak in your plumbing, whether from the faucets, pipes, septic system, or water heater, make sure you call a professional plumber for assistance.
Only Wash Full Loads of Laundry
You also need to be careful with how you do laundry at home. Don't make a habit of only putting a few things in the washer at one time. Your washing machine is still using the same amount of water as it would if the washer was full. Even if you set it to the lowest washer setting, you might be using a lot more water than is necessary for the amount of laundry. Make sure you are only washing clothes, towels, and linens when you have a full load.
Turn Off the Tap When it Isn't Being Used
You likely use more water than you need and don't realize it. For example, if you are cleaning your kitchen and wiping off the countertops, do you keep the water on the entire time? You really only need to turn on the water when getting the sponge wet, so for the rest of the time, you can keep the faucet turned off. Another good example is when you are brushing your teeth. Turn off the water unless you need to rinse your mouth out or clean your toothbrush.
Save Water For Other Uses
You also might want to save your water for other uses when possible. One way is to save rainwater and use it to water your plants. If you live somewhere that is suffering from a drought, every little bit of extra water can help. You can also use water you were boiling by saving it, then adding it to a bucket that you will use for other purposes. This water you are saving not only works for watering plants and flowers, but can be poured into the toilet for bucket flushes. This saves you from using extra water while flushing the toilet.
If I didn't know better, I'd think my toddler started each day with a challenge to throw something new and different down the toilet. He has managed to put nearly anything can imagine down the toilet. I have gotten pretty good at figuring out what has gone missing down the loo and whether it's something I can fix or something that I need to call the plumber to help me fix it. This blog is for other mums of toddlers who need to get toys out of the toilet and get the toilet back to working condition as soon as possible!