Do you make efforts to save water at home? Even on a residential scale, small changes add up. Here are 20 ways to conserve water around your house to help the environment and lower your water bills.
Save Water in the Kitchen
- When washing dishes by hand, don’t leave the tap running; instead, fill one side of the sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
- Only run the dishwasher when it’s full.
- Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the fridge so you’re not waiting at the tap for ice cold water to start flowing.
- Reuse leftover water from boiling vegetables to start a nutritious soup.
- Put fruit and vegetable waste in a compost pile instead of running it through the garbage disposal.
- When shopping for a new dishwasher, look for one with the Energy Star label.
Save Water in the Bathroom
- Keep your showers to five minutes or less. Turn off the water when you lather your body and hair to conserve even more water.
- Replace old, high-flow-rate showerheads with low-flow versions.
- Fix leaky showerheads and faucets.
- Turn off the water when you brush your teeth.
- Upgrade faucets with aerated models that restrict flow to as low as 0.5 gallons per minute.
- Instead of running the water when shaving your face, plug the sink and rinse your razor in the pool of water.
- Check for toilet leaks to make sure you’re not unknowingly wasting water.
- Throw facial tissues, paper towels and other used items in the trash instead of flushing them down the toilet to conserve water and help prevent clogs.
- When shopping for a new toilet, look for one with water-saving features, such as dual-flush functionality.
Save Water in the Laundry Room
- Wear your clothes two or three times before throwing them in the hamper.
- Match the water level to the batch size.
- Wash as many batches as possible in cold water to save on water heating costs.
- Choose concentrated detergents, which have less water in them and cost much less for manufacturers to ship than traditional detergents.
- When shopping for a new washing machine, look for a front-load, high-efficiency model.
For more tips to save water at home, please contact Day & Knight Plumbing & Heating today.