Water is the most essential element on earth. We need it to survive, that’s why every drop should count. 97% of the world’s water are bodies of seas and oceans, too salty for human consumption or growing crops. 2.5% of the earth’s freshwater is locked up in ice caps and glaciers or is buried too deep under the earth’s surface to be extracted. Water conservation can go a long way and will help prevent shortages and droughts in the future. Here are five ways you can do at home to minimize your water consumption:
1. Take Shorter Baths
Taking shorter trips to the shower not only saves water, but also gives you more free time to do other things during the day. Minimize your time in the bathroom to 15 minutes a day and this will help you conserve water, time and energy.
2. Put A Plastic Bottles or A Float Booster In Your Toilet Tank
Here’s a life hack: fill liquid in a 1 liter plastic bottle and put it inside your toilet tank. It occupies most of the space in your toilet tank while at the same time using less water to fill up the tank. It gives you less flush counts in a year thus using less water and saving money.
3. Manage Your Laundry Efficiently
Instead of taking 2-3 trips of doing laundry in a week, try managing your clothes and piling them until you reach the weight limit of your washing machine. This way, it also saves you from consuming too much laundry detergent too.
4. Turn Off The Taps
Make a conscious effort to keep your faucets from running mindlessly. Turn it off everytime you don’t need to use it. When brushing our teeth, there’s a period where we don’t really need water yet so it’s best to turn it off in the meantime and just turn it back on when you need to rinse your mouth. The same goes when we wash our hands or when we wash the dishes, only turn it when you already need to use it.
5. Fix Leaky Faucets, Appliances, and Sprinklers Immediately
Water leakage doesn’t look like it’s taking a financial hit most of the time because sometimes, it only looks like it’s just a drop of water every now and then, but in the long run, it could really be one of your biggest expenses. It’s important to check your house for water leakages every month and it’s best to have it checked by a professional. Have a plumber check and see what needs to be replaced so you can switch to eco friendly alternatives. Contact your local plumbing companies to save time and energy.
6. Have Your Plumber Do An Audit
You can ask a plumber to do a thorough check of your water usage at home. He or she can check for any water leaks, drips and other water wastage inside your walls with a device that helps them look for cold spots. They can also guide your home to be more water-efficient and lead you to better water-efficient appliances for your home.
Your Small Actions Make A Difference
Being mindful and conscious of our actions will always guide us to better things in life. The small actions that we do now, will yield a greater change in the future. When it comes to maintaining our homes, it’s always best to look for a professional and get proper solutions so we can save time, energy and money. Our natural resources are only limited. Making a conscious effort to help preserve and conserve our waters will benefit and encourage the next generation of humans to take care of our planet.