Water covers more than 70% of the world’s surface, but only 1% of this water can be used by us. The rest is salt water or it is permanently frozen. With the world’s population growing at 1.1% or 75 million people every year, there are more and more people competing for this very limited resource. Now more than ever, it is so important that we are economical with our water use whenever possible. A faucet that drips at just one drop per second can waste around four gallons of water in one day, or 1,400 gallons of water in one year. By saving water we can help to preserve our fragile environment that our increasing population encroaches on. We can reduce the energy required to process clean water, which in turn helps to minimize pollution and conserve precious fuel resources.
We’ve put together a list of 8 simple tips that can help save you water and money in your home.
- Convert your toilet to a low flush toilet. By filling a plastic juice bottle, and weighing it down with stones, you can displace some of the water your toilet uses when flushing. Simply place the bottle in the toilet tank and voila! The New York Times reports that a half gallon bottle could save a family of five, 1325 liters a month.
- While running the hot water faucet, and waiting for the water to heat up, catch the cooler water and use it to water your plants.
- Check your plumbing for leaks. A silent leak could be wasting a lot of water.
- Re-use bathwater in the garden.
- Convert your toilet to use a dual flush system. By using less water to flush you can save a lot of water in the long run. Easy to install conversion kits can be bought online from retailers like Amazon.
- Plant native species of plants in your garden. They are accustomed to the local rainfall levels and won’t require supplementary watering from you. Or even better, plant plants that are accustomed to less rainwater than your area is.
- Collect the water that you use to rinse fruit and vegetables, and use it (or store ) to water plants.
- Install a water butt to your drainpipe, and collect the water to use in your garden.
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