Updated: March 17, 2020
Our household water bills may not be as large as our electric bills, but it’s still an area you should consider if you want to save more money.
More importantly, doing so is a step forward to saving the planet as well, right?
And so, when it comes to water consumption, I believe the bathroom is where we use it the most.
Thus, here are some quick and easy tips on how to conserve water in the bathroom so you can reduce your water bills and help you save more money. I hope you find these pointers informative and helpful.
Water Saving Tips in the Bathroom
Don’t take a bath – just kidding. It’s important to be hygienic because it’s more expensive to get sick. Now if you’re the type of person who takes a bath two or more times a day, why not just do a quick shower on your second bath or better, give yourself a “towel bath”.
There have been arguments which one uses the least water – using a pail & dipper (tabo system) or using the shower head. My advise is to use whichever helps you finish faster. The more important thing to remember is to use only enough water to wet your body; same goes for rinsing off the soap.
When using a pail & dipper, pour slowly on your body to optimize the water flow. On the other hand, buy and use a low-flow shower head to reduce your water consumption. To test if you have a low-flow head, put a gallon container under it and turn on the water, it should fill after 20 seconds and not sooner.
For bathtub users, don’t fill the tub with water. Sometimes, one-fourth to a half is enough for you to have a luxurious bath.
One of the most common advice – make sure that you have no leaking faucets. And also, turn off the faucet at the lavatory while you brush your teeth or shave. You’re wasting around a gallon of water per minute by letting it run.
And speaking of faucets, consider installing an aerator to reduce the flow of water.
For the toilet bowl, make sure that the commode doesn’t have a leak. Test it by dropping some food coloring inside the water tank and wait 10 to 20 minutes. You have a leak if the water in the bowl changes color.
And when your commode water tank needs to be replaced, consider buying and installing those dual-flush systems. These models really save water. If that goes above your means as a do-it-yourself handyman, there are plenty of qualified plumbers, who can tackle the job for you.
Take a few empty small mineral water bottles, fill it with sand, seal tightly and put it inside the commode water tank. Make sure it will not hinder the mechanism inside. Test the flush if it still works and adjust accordingly. This will reduce the water needed to fill the tank and lessen your consumption.
Follow this old advice sparingly: “When it’s yellow, let it mellow. When it’s brown, flush it down.”
And of course, don’t flush toilet paper, facial tissue, cotton buds and other stuff. Throw them in a waste basket inside the bathroom.
In general, everyone at home should cooperate in conserving water. Talk to your household members and get a commitment.
Monitor your water bills. If it unexpectedly goes up. Immediately check your home for leaks.
Lastly, when you’re going out and nobody’s going to be left at home, consider turning off your water supply as an extra precaution.
How about you? Any more water saving tips for the bathroom? Do share them below.
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