It's Almost Earth Day - Tips To Conserve!
Even in your home changing old habits can be difficult. With Earth Day just around the corner, (April 22nd), we're searching for the best ways to conserve Earth's precious gift, water! I think we can all agree that sometimes we take advantage of the clean and sanitized water we have in our homes. Let's start appreciating our water this Earth Day by making these small changes.
When you do need to water the plants, use salvaged water. Keeping a bucket in the shower to capture water as it’s heating up, setting up rain buckets or washing your fruits and veggies in pans of water rather than under the faucet are all ways to reclaim water that would otherwise go to waste. You can even use saved water to flush the toilet.
Challenge yourself and your family to be disciplined about running faucets. While brushing teeth, washing dishes or doing other everyday tasks, make sure the faucet is turned off as often as possible.
Get the most out of cleaning your clothes and dishes by making sure that the washing machine and dishwasher are completely full before starting a new load.
Start monitoring your water meter and bill every month, tracking your usage over time. Seeing how much water you use may inspire you to work harder to cut back, but most importantly, you’ll have early notice if your water usage spikes. This is often a sign of a plumbing leak, one of the biggest water wasters of them all!
If household appliances like your washing machine or dishwasher are due for replacement, shop for newer models that are specifically designed to use less water. Many of these models are also especially energy efficient, allowing you to minimize your impact on the environment.
While you’re planning upgrades around the home, consider new plumbing fixtures. Installing efficiency showerheads is usually a cheap and simple DIY job, and new water-conserving toilets may help you save up to 20 percent of the water used in every flush.