Water is arguably the most important resource in the world, and while there is an abundance of it in the world, not all of it is usable. As it turns out, water is a very limited resource, and thanks to its importance and significance, it is one we must preserve. When we overuse water, we are depleting a limited resource and are ultimately hurting ourselves. Depending on where you live, you may have seasons of abundant water especially during the rainy season, and dry seasons where water will be scarce. To ensure you have water all through the year, you will have to save water in your home and reduce your contribution to depleting the water level. There are some things you can do at home to help reduce your water consumption and save water in your home.
Consider water filters
One important way to save water is by installing a reverse osmosis water filter somewhere close to the source of your water supply. Water filters are very important for improving the quality of water that flows into the house but that’s not all they do for you. Water filters also help to lower the water pressure, allowing less water to flow into the home. This way, when you open your tap, instead of water flowing out and wasting, only what you need will flow.
Save the water
Another thing you can do to save water is to turn off the water faucet when not in use. This includes when you are brushing your teeth or washing your hair. As long as you aren’t using the water at that moment, ensure the faucet is turned off. It is a common occurrence for people to leave the water running while they do other things and this will usually result in a lot of water being wasted. When you are done, it is also advised that you turn off the faucet, regardless of whether or not there is water flowing out of it. This way, you don’t have water flowing in your absence when no one is around to use it.
Think about water usage
Next, you can limit how frequently you use your dishwasher or washing machine, using them only when you have a lot of washing to do. Dishwashers and washing machines don’t know how to minimize water use and will use as much as they need. Even when there aren’t many dishes or plates in the machine, it will still use up a lot of water. You should therefore make sure you only use them when there is much work to be done, knowing that the water usage by the machines is at a minimum, and so is the water wastage. Alternatively, you can do without either a dishwasher or a washing machine, and you will reduce your water usage in your home.
Leaking wastes water
Another way to save water in your home is to check for any leakages and fix them. Leakages cause major water loss and account for a good amount of wasted water in most homes. The main reason for this is because there are so many outlets where leakages can occur including taps, sprinklers, toilets, or other appliances connected to the water supply. Sometimes, there may be a leakage for a long time before anyone can notice it and do anything about it. This can be avoided through regular checks and inspections of various outlets to verify that there are no leakages in the house.
Think of using rain water to your advantage
You can also save water in your home by using rainwater to water your plants and your lawn instead of using a sprinkler or irrigation system. This system is only effective during the rainy season but it will help reduce your water usage in the home, saving water for dryer periods. You can build a rain catcher which will trap the rainwater and distribute it over your lawn or plants. The system is only useful outdoors, however, and you can collect rainwater from your roof and not worry too much about watering your plants.
By employing these simple practices in your home, you can greatly reduce the amount of water you use, and the amount of water wasted. This will, in turn, reduce your water bill and help you save a little more money monthly.