Updated: March 21, 2020
The United Nations has declared March 22 as World Water Day. And to be part of this annual celebration, I’m sharing today some tips on how to save water at home.
It’s important to do water management and conservation because fresh water is not a free resource. And by learning how to save water, we can consequently save money.
1. Don’t use the toilet as a wastebasket. It could take more water to flush paper products and can result to clogging and costly repairs.
2. Install water-saving shower heads such as those that have water aerators or flow restrictors. You can also do this on faucets.
3. Put plastic bottles or float boosters in your water tank so that you’ll use less water to flush. If possible, you can also install and use a dual toilet flush system.
Read more Bathroom Tips here.
4. After cooking pasta, drain the water into a large pot instead of the sink. Let it cool, and then re-use it to water your plants.
5. Designate one glass for drinking water for each person, each day. Opt for a water bottle if available. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.
6. Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap. Then re-use it to water your plants.
7. Don’t use running water to thaw food. For water efficiency and food safety, defrost food in the refrigerator.
8. Instead of letting the water run while you wash dishes, fill one sink with soapy water for washing, and the other with clear water for rinsing. If you don’t have a double sink, use two large bowls for washing and rinsing.
Lawn and Garden Tips
9. Opt for shrubs, grass, and plants that have low watering needs. Ask your local garden shop for what’s available that can grow in your garden’s soil type.
10. Avoid watering your garden and lawn during windy days. And do it early morning or late afternoon to reduce water loss due to evaporation.
11. Have a rain barrel to collect water from the rain, which you can re-use to water your plants.
12. Take out weeds in your lawn and garden regularly. Weeds compete with other plants for nutrients, light, and water.
13. Give your pet dogs a bath outdoors, in an area of your lawn that needs water.
14. Fix or replace leaking faucets and water pipes. To check, you can close all faucets and check your water meter if it’s still running. A leaking faucet can waste as much as twenty gallons of water per day.
15. It goes without saying, be conservative in using water. Don’t leave the water running while you’re soaping in the shower, brushing your teeth, cleaning the dishes, washing your car, etc.
Got any more tips on how to save water at home? Please share them below in the comments section. Thank you.