Being stuck in quarantine has taught us some things about ourselves. Example: homeschooling your kids is a lot harder than you think. So is working from home, and cooking, All. The. Time.
But an overabundance of quality time in your own four walls is also a great opportunity to evaluate your own habits and learn a few better ones.
Your water use, for example.
If your water bill has gone up as your quarantine time has stretched, here are a few tips to help with conserving water at home.
1. Fix Your Faucets
That drip is more than a guaranteed ticket to losing your marbles. It’s a fantastic way to waste a ton of water.
If you have one home with A leaky faucet dripping roughly once per minute, that gets you about 1,440 drips per day, which wastes 34 gallons of water per year. Boot it up to two drips per minute and you’ve got roughly 69 wasted gallons per year.
At 20 drips per minute, you’re wasting a full gallon every single day.
Fixing a leaky faucet requires knowing what kind of faucet you have. This will tell you what kind of parts you’re dealing with and what the problem is likely to be.
And while we’re talking about faucets, turn them off. Seriously. We know you’re supposed to wash your hands for 20 seconds, but that’s also 20 seconds of water you’re not using. Don’t leave the faucet on while you do the dishes, wash your hands, brush your teeth, etc.
The better to hear yourself sing 20 seconds of your favorite song.
2. Be a Frugal Flusher
Did you know that your toilet wastes up to 1.6 gallons of water every time you flush? Some newer models use as little as 1.28 gallons per flush, but that’s still more than a gallon.
A good water-saving technique is best known by the phrase, “If it’s yellow, let it mellow, if it’s brown, flush it down.” Or, as they say in the Caribbean, “In the land of fun and sun, we do not flush for number 1.”
Yes, we’re talking about the simple act of refraining from flushing every time you pee.
If you’re trying to convince less-than-enthusiastic (translation: grossed out) relatives, try flushing every other time you pee, or skipping it at night. Just make sure to do some aromatherapy in the bathroom (unless you have a smart toilet, which can take care of deodorizing for you).
3. Use Every Drop
Finally, don’t be afraid to use every drop of water, no matter where it comes from.
Taking a shower? Place a bucket under the stream while you’re waiting for it to warm up. Et voila: dishwashing water!
Got a collection of half-used water bottles? Use them to water your plants, then use the bottles to collect rainwater.
Or, if you’re making spaghetti for dinner tonight to work through your apocalypse pantry supply, save the water and use it to water the plants (just wait for it to cool).
Conserving Water at Home Starts with Awareness
We know these are difficult times for everyone. But difficult times teach us the most about ourselves and our character. What we take away from these moments will travel with us for years to come.
And if you’re on a good habit spree anyway, there’s no better time to get smarter about conserving water at home.
While quarantine means we can’t fix your faucets right now, we can provide you with the tools you need to take care of your own home. Check out our blog for more great tips, like these 17 things you should NEVER put down your kitchen drain.