Conversation tips help save water, money
Water may be Earth’s most abundant resource, but we make constant efforts to conserve it.
From the aspect of a homeowner, conservation can save considerable money. Below are 14 preservation tips from the website Mind Body Green that can shrink water bills.
1. Reach for the tap.
Local water districts must meet a host of standards that generally make the quality of the water they provide top-notch. There are also several filtration options for those who prefer additional protections.
2. Disable the fridge's ice maker and water dispenser.
An ice tray makes arguably better cubes and saves water and energy.
3. Ensure plumbing is in good shape.
Drips can quickly inflate water bills. If you have access to your water meter, do an initial reading and follow up two hours later when you haven’t used any water. If the meter reading has changed, you’ve got a leak.
To check for a toilet leak, put food coloring into the tank. If color appears in the bowl without flushing, you’ve got a leak.
For leaks that can’t be repaired immediately, catch the water in a bucket and use it to water plants or flush the toilet.
4. Take shorter, cooler showers.
Less time means less water, and less heat means less energy.
5. Take fewer baths
They use anywhere from 25 to 50 gallons, while a 10-minute shower with a low-flow showerhead uses only 25 gallons.
6. Tackle your toilet.
The average person flushes a toilet five times a day, and every flush uses 5 to 7 gallons of precious water. Consider a low-flow toilet, which uses 68 percent less water.
7. Turn it off
Turn off the tap when you’re brushing your teeth and washing dishes. Faucets can flow at up to three gallons a minute.
8. Turn it down.
Lower the water heater temperature to 120 degrees. Many electric water heaters can be put on a timer, which can reduce standby energy loss. Fridges and freezers can also benefit from recalibrated temperatures, especially in winter.
9. Maintain the water heater.
Keep the water heater running smoothly with annual draining. Consider covering heaters that are older than seven years with an insulated blanket. Doing so can save roughly 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year and costs $20 to $30 at a hardware store.
Clean delicates and smaller loads of laundry by hand when possible.
11. Fill up machines.
If you must use dishwashers and washing machines, do so only for full loads.
12. Collect rainwater.
A simple bucket is all that’s needed to catch rainwater to irrigate outdoor plants.
13. Regulate that irrigation.
Americans waste close to 18 billion gallons of water annually on outdoor irrigation. Time-controlled sprinklers may seem like a solid idea but often use 50 percent more water than using a hose. Opt for hand-watering options like hoses and watering cans.
14. Use up the water in your glass.
Dump water you’ve poured but didn’t drink onto your plants.