How to Conserve Water at Home

by Cheryl Dunn

Though the earth is mostly covered with water-–approximately 71 percent–-only a small amount is actually able to be consumed by humans. It's estimated that of all of the water on earth, only about 0.3 percent is suitable for human consumption. Given this startling statistic, conserving water is extremely important. Plus, limiting the amount of water you use can also help to reduce your utility bills.

It's not hard to conserve water at home. All it takes is some conscious effort, and you can significantly reduce the amount of water that you use. Here are some tips that will help you reduce your water use:

Brushing Your Teeth

Do you let the water run when you are brushing your teeth? If so, you are wasting this valuable resource. Only run the water when you need to wet your toothbrush and rinse. Otherwise, keep it turned off.

Take Shorter Showers

Though it may be tempting to stand in the comfort of a hot shower, don't give in to temptation. Try to limit the amount of time you spend in the shower, and you'll reduce your water consumption significantly. If you tend to leave conditioner in your hair for a designated period of time, bring your toothbrush in the shower to brush your teeth while waiting for the conditioner. You are saving water by multi-tasking.

Install Low-Flow Faucets and Toilets

You can also call a plumber to help you install low-flow faucets and toilets. These faucets and toilets use less water, which means you'll use what you need and no more. While they use less water to function, they are no less effective than other types of faucets or toilets.

Reuse Your Water

Try to reuse your water as much as possible. For example, if you run the water to warm up the shower, use a bucket to collect the unused water, and use it to water your plants. Just a little extra effort goes a long way.

Fill Up the Sink

When you are washing your dishes, don't run the water. If you have two basins, you can fill one up with soapy water and one with clean water; clean the dishes in the soapy water and rinse them in the clean water. If you have a single basin sink, fill a bucket with soapy water and your sink with clean water. Wash the dishes in the bucket and rinse them in the sink.

Call a Plumber

Check your faucets and pipes. If you notice any leaks, make sure you call a plumber, like R.J. Lochland Plumbing. Not only will a plumber be able to fix the problem and prevent possible water damage from happening, but this professional will also be able to minimise the amount of water you are consuming but aren't actually using.