Conserving water has become a necessity in our day and age what with droughts becoming so common. It’s a good idea to try at least some of these tips. Also, not using as much water will help your residential plumbing stay in good shape for longer.
- Check faucets and pipes for leaks
- Don’t use the toilet as trashcan
- Check the toilets for leaks
- Install water saving shower heads and low-flow faucets
- Consider insulating water pipes
- Turn off the water
- Make sure your dishwasher and clothes washer contain full loads
- Minimize use of kitchen sink garbage disposal units
- Only water your lawn when it needs it
- Don’t use a hose when possible
Even the smallest drip from a faucet can waste up to 20 gallons of water per day. Larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons.
Whenever you flush tissue or other small pieces of trash, you waste anywhere from five to seven gallons of water.
You can do this by putting a small drop of food coloring into the tank. Don’t flush and check in 30 minutes. If there is color in the toilet bowl, you have a leak.
These types of faucets can be a little pricey initially, at least compared to the traditional faucet, but they will pay for themselves in no time. They are easy to install and can actually be done by you without having to hire a plumbing service. Limiting your shower time is another good way to save water. Even with a water saving shower head, five to ten gallons are wasted every minute. Low flow faucets are your best bet if you like long showers because they use less than two and a half gallons a minute.
It’s not a hard job and fairly inexpensive to insulate your water pipes using foam pipe insulation. You’ll get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.
You don’t need to keep the water running while brushing your teeth or even doing the dishes or washing your hands. Just use the water when you need it, turn it off in the interval and then back on when you need it again.
This is a common rule but a very effective one. Wait until the dishwasher and clothes washer are full before running them. Also, a clothes washer used an extra 5 gallons of water per rinse so avoid using the permanent press cycle. New washers have an energy saver so they use almost half the amount of water and energy as the older models.
These need a lot of water to work properly, and also tend to add considerably to the volume of solids in a septic tank which can lead to emergency plumbing and drains issues.
Step on the grass and if it springs back in the place when you move off it, it doesn’t need water yet. However, if it stays flat then it’s time to water. Allowing the grass to grow a little taller, about three inches, will help the grass to retain water in the soil needing less water, less often.
Try using a broom to clean off the driveway and sidewalk by your house instead of hosing them off. Research more here.