Whether you have noticed that your water bill is rising or you simply want to reduce your carbon footprint, reducing your office building's water usage is a great thing to do. Here are some simple ways to start saving water while you are at work.
Use Indoor Plants That Require Less Water
Having plants in your office is a great way to have better air quality and improve the appearance of the building, but this can also increase how much water you use. Instead of choosing plants that require daily watering, consider some that offer aesthetic appeal and oxygen-rich nutrients, without taking up your water supply. Some plants that don't use as much water include succulents and air plants.
Have Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures Installed
Another excellent way to reduce your water is by ensuring your plumbing fixtures use the least amount of water necessary. For example, toilets often use much more water than is needed to flush, which is where the high-efficiency toilets come in. These toilets have the same flushing power without using all that excess water. There are also low-flow faucets for the bathroom and kitchen, and high-efficiency washers and dryers if you have a building with a laundry room. If your office also has a shower, which many now do, you can also get a low-flow showerhead.
Show Your Employees How to Use Less Water
While you might be able to control your own water usage, it is something else when you consider how much water your employees are using. Try to instill the importance of using less water with your employees by having rules about using unnecessary water in the workplace. For example, if your employees keep plants at their desk, ask that they bring their own bottled water or use low-water plants like the ones you have also added to the office. Put up a sign in the kitchen asking employees to only use as much water as is necessary for cleaning their lunch dishes or wiping down the countertops.
Have Leaks Repaired Right Away
Regular plumbing maintenance is also important when you are trying to conserve water in the workplace. If you notice a faucet that drips water after it has been turned off, it might seem minor, but is using water for no benefit whatsoever. Call a plumber if you notice this or other issues with your building's plumbing. This can make a big difference in how much your monthly water bills are.
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