Domestic water conservation is a goal that’s easy to achieve.
Effective water-saving measures in the home can be as simple as not leaving the faucet
running while you brush your teeth and collecting rainwater for watering your plants.
Kids can also be taught to do their part in helping to lower energy costs and to learn about the
importance of environment-friendly practices.
For more ways to save water at home, check out this Colorado State University Extension webpage.
Tips for Saving Water in the Kitchen
To save water in the kitchen, plan ahead.
For example, instead of defrosting by running water over a frozen food item, you can
just leave it to thaw overnight in the fridge.
When cooking rice or pasta, you can steam veggies at the same time by placing the
steamer on top of the boiling rice or pasta.
Also, when boiling, you only need enough water to submerge the foodstuff
Any excess cooking water can be collected, allowed to cool to room temperature, and
then used for watering your house plants.
Consider doing the same to water used for washing produce.
Another effective tip for saving water in the kitchen is to wash fruits and vegetables
in a bowl of water.
Use a vegetable brush instead of running water.
When hand-washing dishes, either plug the sink or wash them in a tub of water.
Running water for rinsing dishes results in wastage.
If you opt for a dishwasher, consider choosing an energy-efficient model.
When it comes to drinking water, know that the greener choice is always tap water.
In order to manufacture one plastic bottle, 1.5 gallons of water are used.
Faucets heavily impact your water consumption.
So, it helps greatly if you invest on low-flow faucets instead of conventional ones that
run roughly five gallons of water per minute.
Here are must know facts about faucets, which is handy when choosing which types
to install in your home.
Tips for Saving Water in the Bathroom
Bathroom water usage is readily minimized through the following means.
One, consider taking a shower than drawing a bath.
That’s a difference between 35-50 gallons of water and 25 gallons for a ten-minute
shower using a low-flow showerhead, which makes for a fine investment if you want to cut
your energy bill.
Two, don’t leave the water running when shaving or brushing your teeth.
Three, consider doing away with your conventional toilet in favor of a low-flow one.
Flushing is your home’s key driver of water consumption.
A low-flow toilet uses as little as 1.6 gallons of water each time you flush, while a conventional
one uses approximately five to seven gallons.
A tactic to save water on your older toilet is to put a water-filled bottle inside the toilet tank
to offset the volume of water that comes out each time you flush.
Lastly, regularly check for possible leaky pipes in your home.
Replace your leaky faucets, too, because one continuously dripping faucet can waste over
20 gallons of water per day.
About the Author:
Kristine Moody manages a property portfolio and likes to find ways to promote energy efficiency. She enjoys being able to pass on some of her ideas and insights online and writes frequently for a number of different websites.
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