Running water at home is something that many of us take for granted, since it’s both plentiful and affordable. However, we should always be conscious of our water usage, and looking for smart ways to conserve. Small changes and adjustments can have a significant impact on your monthly water bill, as well as your environmental footprint.
1. Check for leaks - Inspect the bathroom and kitchen sinks, as well as the utility tub, outdoor hoses, and toilets. Check the water lines and pipes, and repair any leaks right away. It only takes a tiny leak or a little drip from a faucet to waste hundreds of gallons of clean water
2. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth - You can also turn off the faucet while washing your hands. Wet your hands, turn off the tap, and then soap them up. Turn the water back on when you’re ready to rinse.
3. Set a timer - installing a timer will cut shower time and will automatically turn off the water once you’ve reached the limit. It may sound extreme at first, but it’s a great way to reduce your water usage and make an eco-friendly change at home.
4. Be efficient in doing chores - Wait until you have enough dirty laundry to run a full load, and fill up the dishwasher to capacity before running it. If you wash dishes by hand, rinse them, and then turn off the tap as you soap them up. Just a few minutes of leaving the tap off will save gallons of water from being wasted. These simple, smart changes add up each month.