As the time goes by and environmental awareness continues to receive its deserved place in the public consciousness, we see more and more people trying to give their contribution to the fight for sustainability.
It is worth noting, though, that those contributions are usually made in regards to electric energy consumption, and although energy-efficient bulbs and even Blackle are being used on a daily basis, people somehow fail to pay the same attention when it comes to water.
Let us see how to right these wrongs and put an end to this issue.
Improve the Way You Use the Toilet
When we talk about the water wastes the first thing that pops on everyone’s mind is soaking in the cozy bathtub, but in reality, frequently used toilet can prove to be much more wasteful.
Therefore, your first step in lowering the water consumption should be replacing your old toilet with the low flush (4.8 to 6 liters per flush) variety.
Also, it should not be a bad idea to introduce some of these habits to your daily routine:
- Do not use your toilet as a garbage can.
- Try to manually stop the flush if you feel that there is no need for more water.
- Use your toilet multiple times before flushing.
Improve the Way You Use the Shower
Even if you got your hot water problem solved, the chances are that your shower will take some time to start running it or you will need few tries to adjust the temperature.
Collect the water running in the meantime and use it to flush the toilet, clean your house, or water your plants.
Installing low-flow shower heads and turning the water off while you are soaping up will reduce the wastes even more.
Improve the Way You Use the Dishwasher and Clothes Washer
The biggest problem plaguing both of these gargantuan water wasters is the way how their owners use them.
Namely, most of the people do not want to wait until they are full so they use them multiple times to clean the same amount of items they could have easily be clean in just one run.
Do not make such mistake. Also, try looking for a dishwasher that does not require pre-rinsing, or at least avoid using the kitchen sink for that purpose.
Wait until the food scraps are solid and clean them directly into the garbage can.
Plant Drought-Resistant Plants
People usually associate draught-resistant plants with various cactuses and other not-so slightly alternatives.
The truth is that that the list of draught-resistant plants features some very beautiful entries you should always find pleasure keeping in your house or in garden.
What is the most important, though, is that they will keep your hose and buckets dry during the warmer periods of the year.
Collect the Rain
Sure, it may not sound so first-worldly but if you live in an area where there is a lot of rain, it will keep your public water consumption on the bare minimum.
It is also worth mentioning that today’s water barrels are much more sophisticated than their ancient predecessors, so they can be upgraded to full-blown water harvesting systems capable not only of providing a water for flushing, and washing, but for the drinking as well.
Those were our top five ways how you can lower the water consumption in your home.
Try using them – No matter how small part every one of us is doing in the global fight for sustainability, it still counts.
When combined, those efforts can change the world.