Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Reducing water use will help you save on monthly utility bills, but aside from that, it can also help minimize your water footprint and restore freshwater ecosystems.
The bathroom is a big factor when it comes to water use in the home. Practice water conservation in your bathroom with these practical ideas:
1. According to National Geographic, fourteen percent of indoor water use is usually lost to leaks. Check around your house for leaks. Common culprits are faucets and toilets.
2. Toilet leaks are hard to detect. Put some food coloring in your water tank, and check to see if it seeps into the toilet bowl without flushing. If it does, it’s time to fix your toilet leak.
3. Soaking in a bathtub may be a soothing bath experience, but filling up one tub will need about seventy gallons of water. Limit your bathtub use and stick to showers instead. Showers are generally more water efficient than bathtubs.
4. Your showerhead type can affect your water usage. Choose a low-flow showerhead to minimize water use. You can save up to fifteen gallons of water with a ten-minute shower.
5. Bathroom habits can also affect water use. Turning off the water while not in use can save you more water than you know. Washing your hair with the water off will save you up to 150 gallons a month; while brushing your teeth with the water off will save up to 4 gallons a minute.
6. Update your toilet to a dual-flush toilet. This toilet type has a half-flush option, which uses less water for flushing liquid waste, and a full-flush option for solid waste.
7. For people who like taking hot baths, running water until the heater kicks in uses up a lot of water too. Collect the running water and save it for use on watering plants or washing your car.