It’s always a good thing to use less energy and water in the home. Last month, we talked about ways to be more energy-efficient and to save money. This time, we will go over some ways you can decrease your water usage.
MAKE SURE NOTHING LEAKS OR RUNS
If you have a leaky faucet or toilet, you can be using far more water than you realize. There are different ways to determine if you have something leaking. First, pay attention to your toilets after you flush them. Once they refill, they should not make any noise. If it continues to run, this is using unnecessary water. You can check for leaky faucets by putting a cup under the faucets at night and checking if there is water in the cups when you get up in the morning. Don’t forget to check around the outside of the house for unexplained water or soggy ground that could be explained by a leaking exterior pipe.
INVEST IN WATER EFFICIENT APPLIANCES
This is not a cheap solution, but if you are using old appliances, you may want to consider investing in newer, more efficient appliances. New dishwashing and washing machines are made to use much less water and energy. You can also swap out your old toilets for the newer low flow or dual flush toilets to help save water.
SWAP OUT YOUR SHOWER HEADS AND FAUCET AERATORS
If you are still using the shower heads that came with the house, you can purchase and install newer, water restricting or low-flow shower heads. An easy way to choose a water-saving shower head is by looking for a “WATERSENSE” label. This is a program run by the EPA so you know you will be choosing an efficient product. Changing out the aerators on your faucets is another DIY change you can make to use less water when using your faucets. These work to reduce the flow of water by mixing air with the water to use less without creating a noticeable change in water pressure.
JUST USE LESS WATER
This sounds obvious, but there are ways to conserve water just by making some simple changes to your daily habits. Sometimes it can take a few days to train yourself to make and stick to these changes, but we know you can do it. You can start by making sure you are never letting a faucet run when it doesn’t need to be. If you are brushing your teeth, turn the faucet off until it is time to rinse off your toothbrush. When you are shaving, you can use a cup of water to dip your razor in between shaves. Don’t handwash dishes under a running faucet; instead, fill a sink with soapy water to wash all your dishes. You can also challenge yourself to take shorter and faster showers. You can even purchase a shower timer to assist in making this difficult change.
We hope you find these tips helpful and are successful in your goal of saving water in the home. If you have any other ideas on water conservation in the home, stop by our Facebook page and share with our ZIPPY SHELL community. We would love to hear from you!
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