Today, conserving water at home is more important than it ever has been. You don’t need to live in a drought-stricken region to see the benefits either. Cut back on water use and you lower your utility bill.
There are many ways that any family can conserve water at home and don’t worry if you can’t do everything that we show below. Start with one thing from the list and expand as and when you can. Even a few small changes can add up to hundreds of gallons in water savings each and every year!
One of our editors here at UK Survival Guides suggested putting this guide off until March 22 (World Water Day) but I don’t personally believe we need a “day” to think about these things. These are steps that should be implemented every “day” of the year.
It is true that around 70 percent of the planet is covered in water. That is a remarkable figure but that doesn’t mean that it is drinkable water. Less than 1 percent of that 70 is accessible freshwater.
I am sure you are using water without even realizing it too. According to the EPA it takes between 25 to 60 gallons to generate enough electricity to power a 100-watt lightbulb for 10 hours. Did you know that? I didn’t.
Here are some simple ways to conserve water at home.
Use a Bucket in the Shower
There is an incredible amount of water that gets wasted when we shower that could quite easily be used for other things. Instead of letting that water go to waste, place a bucket under the faucet while you wait for your shower water to heat up. This water can then be used for flushing the toilet or watering your plants.
Take Shorter Showers
Another great tip for those that use a shower is to simply reduce the amount of time that you shower. Try to aim to be in and out within 5 minutes or less. Reduce your shower time and you can easily save up to 1000 gallons per year.
Brushing Teeth and Running Water
Another easy step that anyone can take is to simply turn the faucet off when they are brushing their teeth. Once you have wet your brush, turn it off and don’t turn it back on until you are ready to rinse.
Washing Hands and Running Water
The same goes for when you are washing your hands. You don’t need the water running all the time and you can save anywhere up to five gallons of water per minute.
If It’s Yellow, Let it Mellow
I know a fair few people that flush just about anything down the toilet. Tissues, cotton balls, etc but this is a big no, no! Use the toilet only for its intended purpose. Flush solids straight away but alternate flushing the liquids.
Check For Leaks
A small leak can waste silly amounts of water. A small toilet leak can quite easily amount to 15+ gallons of wasted water every day. You can test your toilets for leaks by adding a couple of drops of food coloring in the tank behind the toilet. If the colored water appears in the bowl, you have a leak!
Use Dishwasher and Washing Machine Only When Full
When doing laundry in a washing machine, run full loads only. The same applies to dishes in a dishwasher. Doing this will use much less water as opposed to doing 2 half-loads.
Steam Rather Than Boil
To cut down on water usage start steaming your vegetables instead of boiling them. This also has the added benefit of retaining more of the natural nutrients. If you do boil, try using the leftover water as a tasty stock for soups.
Water Your Plants in the Morning
Water outdoor plants in the early morning or at the end of the day to stop water immediately evaporating in sunlight and heat. Water the soil so that the liquid goes straight to the roots, where it’s needed.
Learn to Harvest Rainwater
Not everything that needs water, needs fresh water from a faucet. Follow our guide here to start harvesting your own rainwater at home.
Forget the Water Grabbers
Water should be a basic human right but others do not agree. There are companies and investors in the world that will buy up land around the world and help contribute to water scarcity and pollution. They sometimes will even go as far as to deny local people access to water, pollute watercourses or exhaust supplies. Don’t support the water grabbers!