Water conservation may seem like a daunting goal if you look at the big picture. Drought and lack of access to potable water are just some of the problems that the world is facing today. But if you think that there is nothing you can do to make a dent in efforts to conserve water, think again! Here are fairly simple ways to reduce water consumption at home and do your share in addressing the bigger issues out there.
1. Perform maintenance checks. Leaky faucets and pipes are among the common causes of water wastage. And there is no better way to prevent leaks is to do regular maintenance checks. You can make visual inspections of your faucets and pipes to see if they need fixing. Or you can hire a licensed plumber to perform a thorough maintenance of your plumbing system.
2. Keep track of potential leaks. Take a good look at your monthly bills to see changes that may suggest potential leaks. A sudden surge in water usage could point to a possible leak that you have to fix as quickly as possible.
3. Install efficient fixtures. Choose the more efficient fixtures when installing shower heads and faucet aerators. There are affordable shower heads that you can easily install. Using the said fixtures not only help you conserve water. It also can help you save on your water and energy bills.
4. Take shorter showers. Some people take only a few minutes to finish showering while others spend a lot longer doing it. If you identify with the second group, now is a good time as any to consider taking shorter showers. Cutting your showers short can help you save several gallons of water in a week.
5. Use a shower bucket. Putting a bucket in the shower is one of the simplest ways to conserve water. You can use it to collect the water pouring out of the shower while you are waiting for it to reach the correct temperature. You can later use the collected water to flush the toilet.
6. Practice reusing. Do you really need to throw water down the drain instead of reusing it? Keep the water you use for washing rice, vegetables, and other food products so you can use them to water the plants or other purposes.
7. Turn off the tap. This is a simple water conservation habit to practice at home. Turn off the faucet when you are brushing your teeth, washing your hands, or hand-washing dishes. If you prefer washing dishes by hand instead, you can use a basin that can fit in your sink so you do not have to keep the water flowing.
8. Wait until you have a full load before running the dishwasher or washing machine. Avoid running them if you only have less than that. This should help reduce your water consumption in the long run.
9. Collect rainwater. If possible, consider collecting rain water using rain barrels or buckets big enough to store them. You can use whatever you have collected to water your plants or for flushing your toilet.