How to Reduce Water Consumption Throughout Your House
By Diana Smith
Water shortages are a real thing. Some places are affected less and some struggle with this problem every day. Sure, your area might not suffer from droughts, but some studies show that if we continue wasting water at this pace we will end up dry sooner than later. Even though freshwater is available today, it might not be in the near future.
That is why all of us need to take action and what better place to start from than your home. Here, we have some easy and effective ways to conserve water at home, so let’s just get into it.
First, let’s talk about the kitchen. Regardless if you are washing dishes by hand or in a dishwasher, knowing how to be more efficient can reduce water wastage by a lot. For example, if you are washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run constantly. Instead, you should first soap up all your dishes and then rinse them with water.
On the other hand, if you are using the dishwasher, you should always wait until it’s full to turn it on. Having your dishwasher running for just a couple of dishes is a huge waste of water. Additionally, if you have an older model, you can get one of the modern ones that have water-conserving features installed. They are a lot more efficient with both water and energy.
In most households, bathrooms are by far the biggest water wasters. Every little thing, from your morning cleaning routine to taking baths before bed, consumes a lot of water. Luckily, this can be reduced without having to give up anything from your bathroom routine.
Let’s start with everyone’s morning routine. While you are brushing your teeth, washing your face, shaving, etc. always turn off the faucet. There really is no need for it to run. We know that you need to rinse your razor while shaving and easiest solution for this problem is to fill a bowl with water and just dip it in as barbers do. When it comes to bathing, there are two solutions. You can either skip long baths altogether and opt in for quick showers or you can install low-flow showerheads.
Some people just prefer taking long baths in their fancy bathtubs to taking showers, but just filling a bathtub wastes a lot of water. If you are one of them, then you should at least install a low-flow showerhead. This way while you are rinsing after a bath, you will waste much less water.
Lastly, let’s mention gardening. Not all households have a garden or a backyard, but the ones that do, know how much water is required to keep every plant fresh and healthy. To make things worse, in the summer, when plants need water the most, we face the biggest droughts.
The only way out of this situation is to install a smart watering system. Many watering systems use smart sensors to determine when the best time to water your plants is, but not only that. They are also more efficient at watering than you will be with a gardening hose. However, we understand that not everyone can afford such a system. In this situation, we recommend watering your plants early in the morning, at the break of dawn if possible. Because the sun isn’t scorching at this time a lot less water will evaporate and you won’t have to water your plants that often.
And that is about it. Sure, there are a lot more high-tech ways to reduce water consumption, but we wanted to show you some examples that everyone can afford and we hope that you will implement at least some of them.