Water conservation should be a part of our everyday lives, particularly during periods of drought. The good news is, however, that there are many ways to conserve water that will not impact your everyday living easily. Conserving water also has the added benefit of not only helping the environment but also helping to reduce your water bill. Read on for a few simple easy to implement tips on conserving water consumption.
Unnecessary water wastage
You will be surprised at how easily you can cut back your water consumption just by being more aware of how much water your use unnecessarily. For example, leaving the tap running while you brush your teeth is an unnecessary waste of water. Instead, try running the tap only when you need to wet the toothbrush and rinse, and keep the tap turned off the rest of the time. Another simple everyday water-saving solution is to take showers instead of baths. An average bath uses 30-50 gallons of water whereas a shower only uses 20 gallons. To make further savings switch your regular shower head to an energy saving low-flow shower head. A low-flow shower head will cut your water consumption in the shower by a further 10 gallons. As for your toilet, invest in an energy efficient model which offers double flushing. Dual flushing toilets dramatically minimize the amount of water used when flushing. Also, try to purchase only water saving appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers which offer a half load option. Lastyle, and importantly, always check that your home does not have any leaky or dripping pipes or fittings.
Water saving rain tank
To further save, consider having a water saving rainwater tank installed. A rainwater tank will collect and store rain making it a great way to reduce your mains water consumption. Stored rainwater is great for general household usages such as using in the bathroom instead of the mains, and for watering the garden area and cleaning the family car. That way you can keep the mains water for preparing and cooking foods, washing up and drinking. Rainwater tanks although expensive to have installed, can hold thousands of liters of water so will soon pay for itself. Government subsidies are also often in place to help reduce the costs of installing a rain tank within your home, so check with your local authority if this option would be available to you. If you find the water is quite hard, then you can always look into having a softener treatment filtration system installed.
Have a well installed
If your property has water underground, consider having a well seated. This will require a company to drill into the ground first, but after which you can easily draw water up for your needs. A well can help reduce your mains water consumption significantly, as well as your water consumption costs. Check with your local authority first if you will need permission to have a well installed. If you have any issues with the well once installed, the company that installed it can be called up to carry out well-drilling repair on it.