5 Tips to Reduce Your Water Usage

Conserving water is a big deal because you never know when there’s going to be a drought. Adjusting the way you use your water during non-drought situations will help tremendously. Here are some ways to help reduce your water usage.

Tip No. 1: Stop running taps.

About five liters of water flows out in one minute. Almost all of that water is being wasted. To help stop consuming so much water, try doing some of these things:

  • Wash your fruits and vegetables in a bowl and then use the leftover water for your household plants.
  • Keep bottled water in the refrigerator, so you won’t have the tap running waiting for cold water when filling up the bottles.
  • Don’t leave the water on when shaving or brushing your teeth.
  • Older shower heads can waste up to five gallons of water in a minute. Take shorter showers to help save some of that water.
  • When washing your dishes, fill up the sink with water instead of leaving the water running as you scrub the dishes.

Tip No. 2: All of the little things count.

Every little bit of water you save by doing these small things will amount to significant savings. Here are some examples of what you can do to make the little things count:

  • Fill your kettle with only the amount of water you will need. By doing this, you will also save energy.
  • Wait until you have a full load of dishes before starting the dishwasher.
  • If you feel compelled to wash your car, take it to a car wash that recycles the used water.
  • Wash your dog outside. That way while you’re giving him a bath, you’re also watering your lawn.
  • Take a shower over a bath. It takes about 70 gallons of water to fill up a bathtub. Showers are a better way to bathe because it saves about 60 gallons of water.
  • Nearly 22% of a household’s water is used while doing laundry. Make sure you adjust the settings on your washing machine for the proper load size.
  • Minimize the use of your garbage disposal, as it requires a considerable amount of water, not to mention the fact that you are adding substantial amounts of solids to the septic tanks. Start a compost pile instead of using your kitchen sink garbage disposal.

Tip No. 3: Use water saving devices.

Here are some things you should invest in:

  • An aerated or optimized-flow shower head – This will save up to six liters of water per minute and it will maintain your shower experience.
  • Flow restrictors – Place them on your sinks. These will help to reduce the volume of the water flow.
  • Rain barrels – Rainwater harvesting is a great way to hydrate your plants without having to turn on your faucet or hose.

Tip No. 4: Old and damaged plumbing is shown to have a considerable impact on the amount of water wasted. Here are the plumbing things you should replace:

  • Replace any worn and damaged tap washers. Dripping faucets can waste up to four liters of water a day.
  • Buy water-efficient household appliances.

Try using some of these tips the next time you go and turn on the faucet.

Tip No. 5: Check for Water Leaks in Your Home

Leaks can be costly on your home. They can cause damage to your house, and they can also hike up your water bill. Finding where any leaks are coming from is very important. Here are a couple of places those leaks may be coming from and what you should be looking and listening for.

Hot Water Tanks

Check the pressure relief valve on the hot water tank. Sometimes the valves are placed in the drain and could be leaking without your knowledge of it happening. If you cannot remove the drain pipe, listen for any whistling. This means air is escaping and there is a good chance that’s where the leak is coming from.

Toilets

Check your toilet by removing the top. Listen carefully for any hissing. If you hear hissing, try to locate where it’s coming from. When you find it, assess the leak and see if you can fix it. If not, call a plumber for help.

If you don’t see anything, one way to help you find the problem is by putting a couple of drops of food coloring into the tank. Wait a couple minutes for the results. If you see color, you have a leak in the flapper at the bottom of the tank which is allowing water to pass through.

Meter Line

If your toilets are in good shape, then check the line running from the meter to your house. It will save you a lot of money if you can locate the leak instead of having a plumber find it. To help find any leaks, find the shut-off valve and turn it off temporarily.

To check the meter, remove the lid and watch the dial at the top of the meter. If the meter is turning, you know that you have a leak somewhere between the meter and your house. Now start walking the area. Look for any signs of leakage: brownish spots, grass that is greener than the rest, etc. Call a plumber if you see any of those signs.

Hose Bibs

Hose bibs are the pipes you hook your hose up to. To find any leaks, you need to listen carefully for any sounds. If you hear a noise, remember where it is. Continue to the others. If the sound gets louder as you go, the leak is closer to that unit. When you have located the leak, call a plumber.

Other Leaks

  • Check your garden. Check the hoses, the taps, and the drip irrigation systems.
  • Check your shower heads. You should be able to tell right away if your shower head is leaking.
  • Don’t forget to check your swimming pool if you have one. It is very common to have a leak in your pool.

Getting a plumber out to find the leak can be very expensive, so if you can, try to see where the leak is coming from before you call a plumber. It will save you a lot of money.

Water leaks ultimately can be very costly – not only in the cost of hiring a plumber to find and also fix it but also on your water bill. Catching water leaks will save you a lot of money.