If you take a closer look at your daily habits and routines when using water, you will find out you are actually the reason behind the spike in your water bill.
Many of us use water very carelessly and waste tons of it without noticing. If you wish to conserve water and save energy as well as money, then you should check our list below of 10 things to do to conserve water around the house.
1- Turn off the tap at all times
Whether you are brushing your teeth, washing your hands or doing any other activity that requires you to keep the water running till you finish what you do, then you should turn the tap off. Don’t keep the water go down the drain and waste it for nothing. You can always go for automatic water flow shut-off.
2- Fix all of your leaks
Some leaks may seem minor form the first look, but such leaks if not attended to promptly will escalate and create bigger problems. Fixing leaky faucets at once won’t only conserve water but will spare you paying loads of money in the future fixing a plumbing problem that could have been avoided.
3- Invest in quality faucets and shower heads
When buying faucets and shower heads, you should always go for the expensive ones for that mean they are manufactured following the highest standards. Invest in faucets and shower heads that won’t leak over time. Opt for low-flow showerheads that decrease the flow rate of water during the shower, hence, lessening the water usage.
4- Opt for water-saving toilets
Old toilets use around 3.5 gallons of water per flush while new ones use only 1.6-gallons per flush. If you aren’t sure about the type of toilet you have, then check with a professional and replace it at once to conserve water and money.
5- Insulate hot water pipes
By doing this, hot water will reach your showerhead or faucet in less time than it used to, which means less water going down the drain. This is an easy job you can do yourself without the help of a professional. This is one of the easiest ways to save energy and money that always go unnoticed.
6- Install hose nozzles
Hose nozzles will make the process of watering your outdoor garden much more efficient than before. Nozzles won’t only direct the water to where it should go, but also they run 98 percent less water through the tap without impacting functionality.
7- Fix leaky hoses
Like leaky faucets and showerheads, leaking hoses should be fixed or replaced at once as they waste tons of water and may even drown your garden and ruin your plants over time.
8- Run washing machines or dishwasher only when they are full
Many fall into the trap of running their dishwasher and washing machines before they are even full. Never do this for it wastes lots of water. And if you have small number of dishes or clothes, then wash the dishes yourself and wait for the washing machine to be full of clothes then run it.
9- Pay attention to your water bill
You water bill will say a lot about any leaks you have that you don’t notice. To be able to determine if there are any leaks around your house or water wasted, you need to regularly check your water bill and keep your water usage the same for several months to be able to accurately spot any difference in your bills.
10- Recycle water
Recycled water will reduce your daily usage of water and save you money and energy. For instance, fill your shower bucket with the cold water that falls from the showerhead while waiting for it to heat up and then use this water to wash dishes, wash your car…etc.