In your attempt to reduce your carbon footprint, you may be taking a lot of measures. Perhaps you’ve purchased an energy-efficient HVAC system. Maybe you’re using lights that consume less energy, such as LED lights or CFL fixtures. Now your next course of action is to reduce the water usage throughout your home. Water is such a limited resource, especially as the world’s population continues to rise. Luckily, by making a concerted effort to use less water, you can make a difference in your city’s water usage and will hopefully inspire other people to do the same. There are many ways to save water at home.
Check for Your Toilet for Leaks
Did you know that your toilet can be using gallons of water each day without you even knowing it? That’s because it could be experiencing a leak that can go undetected for quite some time until the problem gets worse. To check if your toilet has a leak, place a few drops of food coloring into your toilet tank. If the color begins to appear in the bowl without flushing the toilet, then you have a leak that could be wasting hundreds of gallons of water each day. Your local plumber can fix this problem, which can greatly reduce the amount of water you’re wasting in your home.
Use a Smart Shower Head
If you like to take long showers, then you’re likely contributing to a huge amount of water usage throughout your home. By using a smart shower head, you could see significant water savings. Smart shower systems are so beneficial because they can reduce monthly water usage by about 3%. Some brands even claim that you can save up to 50% in water consumption each year. Not only can you save water using a smart shower system, but you can also save the energy used to heat that water because smart showerheads provide a consistent and precise water temperature.
Turn Off Faucets
To increase your water savings, you can turn off your faucet when you’re not using it. For example, don’t needlessly run the faucet when washing or rinsing dishes, washing your hands or face and brushing your teeth or shaving. By doing this, you can save hundreds of gallons each month.
If you want to save water, you should start by focusing on small changes (i.e., changing your habits) and gradually make bigger changes (i.e., purchasing smart water devices) for the greatest impact.