Here are 10 surprisingly easy ways you can lower your household’s water usage and save some money!
Fix any leak immediately.
Hidden or neglected leaks waste a huge amount of water every year, no matter how tiny they seem. Repair dripping faucets, loose joints, or hairline pipe fractures as soon as you find them. Not only will repairing leaks help you conserve water, but you’ll protect your plumbing, as well.
Take shorter showers.
The average showerhead uses up to 18 litres of water per minute! That means if you cut your shower time by only 2 minutes, you could save up to 36 litres per day. Showering efficiently will help you save a lot of time, water, and money.
Turn off the tap when you are not actively using it.
Brushing your teeth? Washing your hands? Turn off your tap water whenever you’re not actively using it. You can always turn it back on for a second when you need it again. This may sound like a very minor change (and it is!), but you’d be surprised how much water it saves in the long run.
Don’t run dishwashers or washing machine until they’re full.
Washing just your favourite shirt or running the dishwasher after every meal is tempting, but it’s also wasteful. You should never run your dishwasher or washing machine until you can wash a full load. Both of these appliances use a lot of water, so using them efficiently will really help you save water and money.
Install a rain barrel(s).
Rainwater harvesting is great for households that have a lot of plants to care for. Rain barrels are cheap, easy to maintain, and help you save a surprising amount of water. The more you can re-use natural water, the less you’ll have to rely on your own!
Repurpose the water you’re already using.
When you think about it, it’s surprisingly easy to recycle some of the water you use every day. For example: when you drain pasta water, drain it into another bowl. Then, use that water to rinse the fruits and vegetables you’re also preparing at meal-time. After you’ve rinsed your fruits, use the water to feed your plants. Use your creativity!
Cover your pool when you’re not using it.
Pool covers reduce evaporation and maintain temperature. The Department of Energy reports that pool covers can reduce the need for replacement water by more than 50%. Covering your pool will also reduce reheating costs and the pool’s chemical consumption. It’s easy, it’s simple, and it saves a lot of water and money.
As you can see, water conservation requires a little work, but it doesn’t have to be a pain. In fact, learning to conserve water responsibly can also improve your quality of life.
Have more questions about how to make your home water efficient? Need some help repairing a plumbing problem? No matter what you need, Royal Flush Plumbing can help. Give us a call with any plumbing questions or concerns today!