Leaks and trips in faucets, pipes and tanks at your home can result in loss of water, which is a precious natural resource. You don’t have to make drastic lifestyle changes to save water. Just be a little more conscious of how you use water at home and you will be able to save several gallons of it every month. Here are a few tips that can help.
1. Have your faucets and pipes regularly checked for leaks or drips. A lot of water is water is lost through undetected leaks in the plumbing system.
2. Turn off the faucet when you brush your teeth. This can save a lot of water.
3. Know where the shut-off valve is for the house. This will help you save water in case of undetected leaks. You can also prevent wastage of water by shutting-off the valve when you go on vacations.
4. Always keep the temperature of your water heater to 120°F. Also, get your water pipes insulated with slit-foam insulation material. That gets you hot water faster and also prevents wastage of water when you turn the shower on and wait for hot water.
5. Use organic or biodegradable detergents and cleansers that require less water to wash off. Chemical-filled detergents use a lot of water and are harmful to the environment too.
6. A lot of water is used by washing machines. Make sure you use the washing machine only when you have a full load. Otherwise, adjust the water levels according to the quantity of clothes, if such an option is available in your washing machine.
7. Don’t throw away water from your pet’s water bowl and the fish task after cleaning them. Use the water, which is nutrient rich, for watering the plants.
8. Also, make it a habit to check all taps once before you go to bed or go out of the house.