As the summer season draws near, it’s a great time to be thinking about how to conserve water. While we have had a mild winter here in Georgia, it’s generally been dry and we can expect even drier weather. Add to that the heat from summer temperatures and we could increasingly be struggling with drought conditions. Water conservation is more important than ever. To help better manage our water resources, here are 10 ways to help conserve water.
Things you can do to conserve water
Turn off the tap in between washing and rinsing.
This is an easy way to conserve water and you would be surprised how quickly it adds up. An estimated 160 gallons of water can be conserved each month when you don’t let the water run while brushing your teeth, washing your hands, and lathering up in the shower.
Stick a bucket under the faucet.
While you are letting the shower water heat up, place a bucket under the faucet to collect the water. You can also collect dish water at the kitchen sink and save the water from cooking vegetables and pasta. Reuse the water you collect for plants instead of pouring it down the drain.
Keep your loads full.
If you are washing clothes or running the dishwasher, wait until you have a full load. That way you are not wasting a lot of water washing only half of a load. And better yet, upgrade to a high-efficiency washing machine or dishwasher that can test and adjust the water level needed for the load.
Wash less frequently.
Less washing equals less water. Reuse your water glass through the day. Additionally, most clothes can be worn again and towels can be used a few times before they need to be washed.
Minimize how often you flush.
Your toilet is one of the most water intensive fixtures in your house. It takes an estimated 5 to 6 gallons of water each time your flush. And while you shouldn’t be flushing anything but human waste and a little bit of toilet paper down it, you might not have to flush every time you put something in the toilet.
Install water-efficient appliances.
Newer appliances have Water Sense labels to inform you about the amount of water you use. With the latest in technology, investing in a low-flow toilet, choosing efficient shower heads, and opting for a Water Sense rated dishwasher and washing machine can add up to big water savings in no time at all.
Fix leaking toilets and faucets.
Running toilets, dripping faucets, and other leaks result in more than 8 gallons per day of water wasted as it goes down the drain. That waste can be prevented by fixing the leak and can result in significant savings on your water bill.
Inspect your plumbing system.
Whether you do it or hire a plumber, by performing an inspection on your system you can identify problem areas promptly. Check your hoses and pipes for leaks, cracks, and other damage and schedule any repairs.
Water your lawn only when it’s needed.
Install a timer to water your lawn during the early morning when the ground is cooler and can absorb the water most efficiently. Use sensors for your sprinkling system so it only waters when it needs it and not during periods of rain.
Control what’s being watered outdoors.
Check the direction of your sprinklers to make sure they are watering only the lawn and plants, not the gutters or driveway. If you have a small garden, you are better using a hand sprinkling system to control what gets watered and how much.
When it comes to ways to conserve water, it’s never too late to start. Fixing a leak, installing a water-efficient appliance, and making other improvements in your home that involve your plumbing are great ways to begin conserving. If you need assistance, contact High Priority at 770.860.8110 in Atlanta or 912.373.7707 in Savannah.