Drought is a widespread calamity with many places around the world facing water shortage problems. One of the reasons why people face water problems is due to huge wastage of water. This is not only because of taking long showers or being obsessed by watering lawns but also because of relying on outdated and inefficient water management systems. Saving water can help you save a lot of money, time and reduce pollution. Here are 7 ways of saving water:
1. Water your yard in the morning or in the evening
It is advisable to water your yard in the morning or in the evening because water is more likely to stay in the soil. Water usually evaporates fast when the sun is high e.g. during noon hours. Therefore, if you are to water your lawn, consider doing it at a time when evaporation is low. In addition, you should use drip irrigation system rather than the sprinkler system. Drip watering system only sends water where you exactly want it to be unlike the sprinkler system which sprinkles water even to unwanted areas. With a drip system, you will save a lot of water especially if you have a large yard. Finally, you can consider replacing your turf grass which requires constant watering with drought-tolerant grass which requires periodical watering to save on water and mowing.
2. Shorten your shower
Some people have a tendency of showering for a long period of time or running water in the bathroom while they are shaving or soaping. If you want to save water, you need to shorten your shower to about two minutes. Secondly, if you are not showering at the time, turn the tap off to avoid wasting a lot of water. In most cases, showering is recommended rather than bathing because you need less water to shower, unlike bathing. Therefore, you should shower more often than you bathe.
There are a number of upgrades you can make in your bathroom to save water. For instance, installing an energy star washing machine, installing water efficient shower heads, faucets and toilets can save thousands of gallons a year.
3. Buy a rain barrel
You should consider collecting the water when it rains. This water can be used in a number of ways such as watering your garden and washing. Therefore, if you don’t have a rain barrel, consider buying one to collect rainwater. Alternatively, you can have a tank and install gutters all around your house to ensure that you collect rainwater. This water can be used in many ways even drinking if it’s treated.
4. Go to the car wash
Instead of washing the car yourself and wasting a lot of water, time and energy, take your car to a carwash. Normally, commercial car wash uses 40 gallons of water or less depending on the type of car being washed. In your home, you can end up using a lot of water especially with limited skills and cleaning equipment.
5. Check for leaks in your house
If your plumbing system has leaks or spills, you might have water damage problems or incur huge water bills each month. Hence, if you are suspecting that you have a leak in your house, hire a plumber to check, fix, replace or maintain your plumbing system. You may spend some money on the professional services hired but you will save a lot of money in the long run.
(Read our gardening feature: Learn more about health benefits of ginger root tea)
6. Use a dishwasher
When cleaning your dishes, consider using a dishwasher because it economizes on water usage. When you clean your dishes using running water, you can end up using up to 27 gallons in a single session. This is water wastage because an energy rated dishwasher uses about 3 gallons to clean dishes in a single session.
7. Put a nozzle on your garden hose
You need to have a pressure nozzle or a shut-off valve on your garden hose because it can waste a lot of water, especially when left unattended. Make sure that the hose that you use to water your garden, clean the house or wash your car has a nozzle to minimize water loss.