An average person is estimated to waste up to 30 gallons of water per day. Water is indeed a finite commodity, and if we do not manage it properly, we may have to face shortages soon. The average American family spends over $1000 per year on water bills. But if you control your water usage, you could spend less than $380. Here are the amazing 20 ways that help you reduce your water usage at home.
1. Use One Glass a Day for Drinking
Instead of using different glasses daily for drinking, you must use one glass for the whole day. You can also use a bottle or a different colored mug for every family member to drink water the entire day.
2. Wash Fruits and Veggies in One Bowl
Instead of washing your fruits and veggies under the faucet, you should wash them in a water bowl to save water.
3. Recycle Used Water
You can recycle your used kitchen water for different purposes. Water used for making tea or boiling an egg can be used for watering plants. This used water also proves beneficial for your plants in terms of nutrients.
4. Drink Tea Instead of Coffee
For coffee production, five times more water is used than in tea making. To reduce your water consumption, you must make coffee instead of tea.
5. Avoid food wastage
Food production is the highest consumer of freshwater worldwide. Plan your meals in advance, and save your leftovers in the refrigerator.
6. Become Vegetarian
Meat product uses more water than vegetable cooking. Being a vegetarian will benefit you in terms of saving water.
7. Check Your Toilet for Leaks
Toilet leakage is another factor of water wastage in every home. One hundred gallons of water gets wasted every day through toilet leakage. Add a few drops of food coloring to toilet tanks. If the color disappears without flushing, it indicates that your toilet has leakages. Fix them to save water wastage.
8. Take Baths Instead of Showers
A partially filled tub uses less water than showers. In the shower, people waste more water, but a partially filled tub doesn’t waste water.
9. Turn Off the Tap While Brushing
The majority of the people let the water tap open while brushing. Please turn off the tap to avoid water wastage during brushing.
10. Check for Leaks and Drips
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average household in the US waste 10,000 gallons of water per year to leaks. Check for leaks and drips to avoid this wastage.
11. Use Your Automatic Dishwasher for Full loads only
Running your dishwasher less often saves water and money. You must use your dishwasher only for full loads.
12. Buy Energy Star Efficient Washers
Energy star washing machines use 33% less water as compared to regular washing machines. Buying a water-efficient washing machine will save water.
13. Water Your Lawn Carefully
You have to water your lawn only when it’s needed. Check your grass’s water requirement by stepping on it. If it springs back when you move forward, it doesn’t need water at that moment. Watering on regular schedules in rainy and cool weather is not a good option at all.
14. Deep Soak Your Lawn to Avoid Evaporation
When you do water your garden, water it enough to soak the roots of the grass in water. A little sprinkle will evaporate quickly, and water will be wasted. After some time, your lawn will require more water. So, deep soak your lawn once to avoid frequent watering.
15. Plant Drought-Resistant Plants
Planting drought-resistant plants and trees in lawns and home gardens will save your water consumption. Drought-resistant plantations require less water than others.
16. Mulching Around Trees and Plants
Adding a layer of mulch around trees and plants will slow down the evaporation. Hence, water consumption will also be lower.
17. Do Not Run the Hose While Washing Your Car
Use soapy water to soap your car. Then use a hose only to rinse off your car without wasting water.
18. Use a Bucket and Sponge to Wash Bicycles
Instead of using the hose to wash bicycles, use a bucket and sponge to save water.
19. Use a Pool Cover
If you have a swimming pool in your home, use a pool cover for it. A pool cover will reduce the evaporation at the pool’s surface. It will also keep your pool water free from leaves and dirt, so you don’t need to change your pool water often.
20. Check for Pool Leaks
A vinyl pool liner lasts for about 5 to 9 years. If your pool is over 5 years old, you will need to be extra vigilant in checking for leaks. You may need to replace the liner after 5 years to avoid pool leakage.
People need to change their behaviors to save water. A little change in daily water use habits can make a big difference. Lower your water consumption to save it for future use. I hope you will find this guide helpful in changing your water consumption habits.