Water Conservation in the Home

Water conservation should not be considered an option any longer. Current circumstances require our full attention if we hope to thrive as a civilization. If these statements sound dramatic, it is because much of the world is currently suffering due to a lack of clean water.

Statistics around the reveal that our fresh water supply is practically nonexistent. That is why it is so important to seek out, find and start using all the innovative water conservation solutions and methods that are available today.

Whether you live in Australia or China or the US, it is time to wake up and take responsiblity. It is easy to practice water conservation in the home, but there is more to be done. Our world needs help on a commercial level as well so that our waste can be controlled in such areas as agriculture and irrigation.

Water Conservation ideas are cropping up in exciting legislation. That’s why our participation in the voting process is so important. Let’s act now, so our kids will have a brighter, greener future.

Water Conservation in the Home / Be Aware

In case you didn’t know from what you have been reading… water conservation is important. Why?

Because with all the oceans, rivers, lakes, and reservoirs on the planet only one percent of that water is fit to drink. On top of that many countries like Australia are not getting enough rainfall to sustain life in the longterm.

So what can be done about this problem? Awareness and education is the first step. That’s why this page is meant for anyone who is fortunate enough to live in a home or apartment or any other dwelling which has running water.
Water Conservation in the Home / Ways to Make a Difference

When it come to conserving water there is more to keep in mind than just sustainability. Many devices that are available for easy home use can also save you money.

On this page we offer many useful tips which you can practice at home on a daily basis (do the best you can!). But for more information on specific devices you can have intalled in your home – cool products like dual flush toilets and rain harvesting barrels – visit the water conservation devices page.

Water Conservation in the Home / 15 Top Tips

1. Check for hidden water leaks.

Use your water meter.

Read the house water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.

2. Check your toilets for leaks.

Put a little food coloring in your toilet tank. If, without flushing, the color begins to appear in the bowl within 30 minutes, you have a leak that should be repaired immediately. Most replacement parts are inexpensive and easy to install.

3. Don’t flush your miscellaneous waste in the toilet.

Every time you flush a cigarette butt, facial tissue or other small bit of trash, five to seven gallons of water is wasted.

Water Conservation in the Home / Water Bottles in the Toilet Tank??

4. Put plastic bottles or float booster in your toilet tank.

To cut down on water waste, put an inch or two of sand or pebbles inside each of two plastic bottles to weigh them down. Fill the bottles with water, screw the lids on, and put them in your toilet tank, safely away from the operating mechanisms. Or, buy an inexpensive tank bank or float booster. This may save ten or more gallons of water per day. Be sure at least 3 gallons of water remain in the tank so it will flush properly.

For new installations, consider buying “low flush” toilets, which use 1 to 2 gallons per flush instead of the usual 3 to 5 gallons.

5. Insulate your water pipes.

It’s easy and inexpensive to insulate your water pipes with pre-slit foam pipe insulation. You’ll get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.

Water Conservation in the Home / Aerators Make a Difference

6. Install water-saving showerheads and low-flow faucet aerators.

Inexpensive water-saving low-flow showerheads or restrictors are easy for the homeowner to install. Also, long, hot showers can use five to ten gallons every unneeded minute. Limit your showers to the time it takes to soap up, wash down and rinse off. “Low-flow” means it uses less than 2.5 gallons per minute.

You can easily install a ShowerStart showerhead, or add a ShowerStart converter to existing showerheads, which automatically pauses a running shower once it gets warm.

Also, all household faucets should be fit with aerators. This single best home water conservation method is also the cheapest!

7. Take shorter showers.

One way to cut down on water use is to turn off the shower after soaping up, then turn it back on to rinse. A four-minute shower uses approximately 20 to 40 gallons of water.

8. Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush.

There is no need to keep the water running while brushing your teeth. Just wet your brush and fill a glass for mouth rinsing.

Water Conservation in the Home / Soak Don’t Run

9. Rinse your razor in the sink.

Fill the sink with a few inches of warm water. This will rinse your razor just as well as running water, with far less waste of water.
10. Check faucets and pipes for leaks.

A small drip from a worn faucet washer can waste 20 gallons of water per day. Larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons.

11. Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads.

Automatic dishwashers and clothes washers should be fully loaded for optimum water conservation. Most makers of dishwashing soap recommend not pre-rinsing dishes, which is a big water savings.

With clothes washers, avoid the permanent press cycle, which uses an added 20 liters (5 gallons) for the extra rinse. For partial loads, adjust water levels to match the size of the load. Replace old clothes washers. New Energy Star rated washers use 35 – 50% less water and 50% less energy per load. If you’re in the market for a new clothes washer, consider buying a water-saving frontload washer.

Water Conservation in the Home / Composting is Fun

12. Minimize use of kitchen sink garbage disposal units.

In-sink garbage disposals require lots of water to operate properly, and also add considerably to the volume of solids in a septic tank which can lead to maintenance problems. Start a compost pile as an alternate method of disposing food waste.

13. When washing dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running for rinsing.

If your have a double-basin, fill one with soapy water and one with rinse water. If you have a single-basin sink, gather washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a spray device or a pan full of hot water. If using a dishwasher, there is usually no need to pre-rinse the dishes.

14. Don’t let the faucet run while you clean vegetables.
Just rinse them in a stopper sink or a pan of clean water. Use a dual-setting aerator.

15. Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge.
Running tap water to cool it off for drinking water is wasteful.

Water Conservation in the Home / Bonus Number 16!

And here is a bonus tip: don’t use water to wash your car. Use this cool new product, Freedom Waterless. You use no water, and you will have a car that is so shiny and clean you will be the envy of your neighbors.

But you won’t gloat, because you will want to share your secret with your friends and neighbors – water conservation, after all, affects the whole world.

Sources

http://www.epa.gov/watersense/
http://www.epa.gov/nps/chap3.html
http://www.epa.gov/ow/citizen/thingstodo.html
http://planetgreen.discovery.com/go-green/green-water/green-water-statistics.html

For more information on the importance of water conservation follow these links:

Importance of Conservation of Water

Water Conservation Statistics

Water Conservation Methods

Water Conservation Solutions

Australia Water Conservation Programs

Water Conservation Legislation

Water Conservation For Kids

Irrigation Water Conservation

Water Conservation Kits

Gardening Water Conservation

Water Conservation Devices

Water Conservation Technology

Water and Soil Conservation

Outdoor Water Conservation

Water Conservation Ideas

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