Conserving Water Is as Easy as One, Two, Three, Four!
We’ve all heard about and experienced the drought that has plagued our earth for quite some time. Perhaps you’ve noticed that the rivers aren’t as large or that the lakes have shallower water lines. Droughts are a natural disaster that we can aid by doing our part to conserve the water we use, regularly. Conserving water may seem daunting and unnecessary, but it is actually simple and a little can go a long way!
Conserving Water with the Twist of a Knob
Daily, we use the faucets in our houses for dishes, shaving, and brushing our teeth. A running faucet uses 10 gallons of water after being used for just five minutes. Imagine how much water is used while washing a large pile of dishes. An easy way to prevent wasting water while running a faucet is to shut it off. When you’re brushing your teeth, the water doesn’t need to run while the brush is in your mouth. Turning the faucet off in between rinsing the toothbrush can preserve a lot of water. Also, while you are rubbing the soap on your hands, the faucet can stay off until it’s time to rinse.
A Little Water Goes a Long Way
The faucet can also be turned off in the kitchen when rinsing vegetables. Vegetables can be cleaned in fresh, stilled water because the faucet doesn’t necessarily need to run on the produce the whole time. The same thing can be said about shaving. Allow the sink to fill a couple of inches and the razor will be cleaned just as well as it would with running water. Simply turning the faucet off can conserve a lot of water!
When There's Loads of Laundry
Another easy way to conserve water is to make the most out of the space in our washing machines. A washing machine uses a lot of water every time it goes through a wash cycle. Only washing full loads of laundry can ensure that the least amount of water is used to wash your clothes!
Timing is Everything!
Watering plants that are outdoors can seem wasteful at times because it requires quite a lot of water. If you water your plants in the early mornings, then that will waste less water. You see, the later it is in the day correlates to warmer temperatures. When the temperature outside is warm, water evaporates easier and quicker. When the plants are watered at a cooler temperature (in the early morning) there is less evaporation. Therefore, you use less water when you water your plants in the early mornings!
Always Check for Leaks
One of the most common reasons water is wasted is leaks in faucets or pipes. Every home has dozens of pipes, all of which are susceptible to leaks. The leaks can hide in tricky places that are often difficult to reach. Checking the pipes and faucets regularly is the best way to prevent leaks that can waste gallons of water. Some common places leaks occur are toilets, sinks, and showers. Fixing the leaks yourself may seem cost effective, but always make sure to consult a professional so that the pipes don’t become more damaged.
Conserving water is easier than many people think. There are simple and easy ways to save water daily. From turning off the faucets when they aren’t being used to consistently checking your house for leaky pipes. Water is wasted in a number of ways, and we can do small things daily that can make a big difference.