ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Water conservation is always something we should be thinking about to help the environment. Today I’ll be looking at how to conserve water indoors. There are lots of opportunities to cut back on water use in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room and fixing leaks, which I’ll get more into here in this web article.
Here’s how you can shrink your water footprint when it comes to your cooking. Remember not to let your faucet run constantly, and you might want to install a low-flow faucet onto your sink. When washing your vegetables and fruits, don’t use water to defrost your frozen foods. Boil food in as little water as possible, putting your steamer for vegetables on top and keeping a bucket or pitcher in your kitchen for recycled water for other uses.
Next, here are dishwashing tips when it comes to water conservation. First and foremost, get yourself a dishwasher, preferably an energy efficient one. Try using your garbage disposal less frequently, and when it comes to washing your dishes by hand, making sure you use little water to get the sponge both wet and soapy, then turn off that faucet.
When it comes to showering, put a bucket in the shower while the water is warming up and use this water towards watering your plants and other things. You can even install a low-flow showerhead, which in the long term, saves you half the amount of gallons per minute, versus a conventional showerhead. Make sure you spend less time in the shower. If you like to sing, time it down to one song overall. Don’t forget to turn off the water for shaving, or brush your teeth in the shower to save some time. Think of taking a bath as an occasional treat and mostly stick to showers. Taking a bath uses anywhere from roughly 35-50 gallons of water, whereas taking a 10-minute shower with a low-flow showerhead only uses up to 25 gallons.
Fun fact, you can lose more than 20 gallons of water a day from a single drippy faucet, which is a huge waste of water. Get those leaks fixed as soon as possible!
Did you know that flushing the toilet is the biggest water hog in the house? The average individual flushes at least five times a day. One way to cut back on flushing concerns is to get a low-flow toilet. You can also fill up a plastic bottle with water in your toilet tank towards reducing the amount of water used per flush. Next, you can check for a toilet leak, by putting dye or food coloring into the tank. Make sure you don’t flush things down the toilet to dispose of them. If you have tissues and other bathroom waste products you should be deposing them in the garbage can.
Doing our laundry is another activity where you can save water in your everyday life. Use your washing machine only when it’s completely full. You can also try washing your jeans less, as washing them a lot will wear them out more quickly. Consider airing them out or even putting them in the freezer to freshen them up – but not for too long! Drying your clothes on a drying rack or a clothesline is always a helpful tip as well. Saving energy by reducing dryer usage can save water because the power plants use a lot of water to produce more electricity.
There are also several tips when it comes to indoor water leaks. Check for leaks by examining the washers and gaskets for wear and replacing them if necessary. Fix that leak and grab some pipe tape and a wrench and make sure the connection is tight enough. When it comes to drips, one drip per second will end up wasting more than 3,000 gallons per year. Three-thousand gallons of water is the equivalent of taking 180 showers. Look for an EPA WaterSense label when you replace those faucets or showerheads. If you suspect your toilet is leaking, try placing a drop of food coloring. If the color ends up showing up in the bowl within fifteen minutes without flushing, you have a leak. Make sure you flush immediately after performing this experiment to avoid staining the tank. You can avoid having to call in a plumber because there are several things you can do yourself to fix the leaking toilet. The easiest thing to do is replacing the whole rubber flapper when it comes to the toilet, which is, fortunately, a relatively easy and inexpensive do-it-yourself project.
If you have a dishwasher leak, take the time and find out why it is leaking. With a little time and effort, it will be worth it to avoid bigger problems later on. When it comes to your washing machine, make sure you don’t overload it, or it might leak. Washing machines can leak from different places and for different reasons. You can check out The Spruce website for more information on why your washer is leaking. Find out how to find and fix leaks from the shower doors and drains, bathroom tiles and toilet flanges. If you have a puddle of water under your fridge, find out what’s causing that puddle, as there are a number of reasons as it why it might be leaking. Make sure you learn about that leaking sink faucet, as they are usually pretty accessible so it’s relatively easy to find the leak. Finally, consider temporary fixes for those overnight or weekend plumbing disasters when your plumbers are fast asleep and are unavailable.
To sum up, there are several ways to cut down your indoor water usage that I have highlighted here in this article. On a side note, make sure you drink water, use it sparingly in your everyday activities and make little improvements every day towards bigger improvements. We can all make an effort to save this planet by preserving a valuable resource, water, which is a vital resource for all forms of life, despite the fact that it provides no calories or organic nutrients. I hope you learned something and at least consider doing at least one of these several tips towards your water conservation efforts, as we all play a part in this.