Did you know that only 2.5 percent of our planet’s water is fresh water? That means that is the type of water that we use to drink, take a bath, cook our meals, and wash our clothes. And with all our bad habits we are making it all go to waste. Don’t you think it’s about time that we do our fair share and save water at home?
It should be an easy thing to start saving water in our own little ways, it is just that through the years we have accumulated a number of water wasting habits. And these are the habits that we need to unlearn if we want to contribute in conserving this very precious and very limited resource.
So here are some of the best tips that I can share to you so you can get started to save water at home.
Take a shower in just 15 minutes or less. In fact you can have a good shower in just about 5 minutes. Showering can sometimes be a great water waster because the water just keeps on coming out of the shower head and a great amount of it would just go straight to the drain. So limit your time in the shower and if possible, minimize the pressure so you are not using as much water as before.
Check on the pipes for any possible leaks. Sometimes the leak can be found buried in cement or underground so by our visual inspection alone may not be enough. Therefore you should make it a point to have a professional plumber do regular check ups on your plumbing system just to be on the safe side.
Install rain water tanks in your home. This is an excellent way of saving rain water that otherwise would have just gone straight to the ground. There are many ways that you can use the water that can be saved in these water tanks such as flushing the toilet or for other general cleaning purposes. Just make sure you are buying from a reputable manufacturer or dealer so you can have a good guarantee that those tanks will last for many years.
Use your washing machine only when it is full. Pile up on your dirty clothes so you can wash them all at once, in effect minimizing your water usage for washing your clothes alone. For most houses this practice can help save about 1,000 gallons of water in a month.
And if you have a driveway or a sidewalk, instead of hosing it down to clean it why not use a broom instead. Think about all the water that you can save and all the exercise that you can get out of this very simple water conservation tip.
So there you have it. These are just a few of the effective tips that you can follow to help you get started to save water at home. You do not have to memorize them all, just be extra mindful with every drop of water that you will be using. It is a step closer to saving our planet.