6 Simple Water Saving Strategies Around the House
Over the past 30 years, the number of U.S. states reporting water
stress has risen from 30 to 45. That means even in traditionally wet states,
people are facing water shortage issues. Taking the effort to conserve water
around the house can save money and help with environmental balance.
- By far the most notorious household water waster is the
toilet. Pre-1992 toilets are highly inefficient. Consider installing a
water-saving model to reduce water waste by up to 2 gallons per flush. We can’t
all afford to just pop in a new toilet. A cheaper option is dropping a couple
of dollars on a tank weight. This keeps the toilet tank level high and reduces
the amount of water flushed.
- Showers are another culprit. If your shower can fill a
one-gallon bucket in 20 seconds, consider the inexpensive option of installing
a water-saving shower head. Then try to trim your showering time – even two
minutes less can save 150 gallons of water per month.
- Leaky faucets inside and outside waste thousands of gallons annually.
If you have a water meter, shut off all water sources and check the meter, then
recheck an hour later for activity. Of course, checking manually for leaks also
works. Hiring a plumber to fix them is a one-time investment for reduced water
- Outside, conditions can get dry without regular watering. A
water catchment system can save water for reuse in the yard rather than relying
on the hose. Replace your standard
gutter downspouts with rain chains that channel the water to rain barrels at
each corner of the house for a decorative water saving system. The water collected can easily irrigate a yard and
garden and save water for use during dry periods.
- Sometimes the hose just does the trick. Watering by hand offers
the capability to direct water exactly where you need it, when you need it.
Before watering check under the grass with a trowel: if the soil is moist two
inches below the grass, no water is needed.
- Longer grass provides shade to keep soil moist, so try a
slightly higher mower setting. Likewise, to hold in moisture during daylight
hours and add nutrients to your plants, scatter mulch and compost over them.
Being proactive about water use inside and out not only saves
water, it saves money. Saving money by conserving water also helps reduce soil
saturation and untreated sewage flow to storm drains. The environment, and your
pocketbook, will thank you.