Of all the things that the earth has, water seems to be limitless. After all, 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is water-covered. So why do we need to worry about our water supply? Unfortunately, despite the world being surrounded by water, only 2.5% of the Earth’s water supply is fresh water and only 1% is available for drinking. That’s exactly why it is important to learn more about the Tips to Conserving Water In and Outside of your Home.
Why Conservation Matters
Why is conserving water important? Freshwater is one of the most vital resources for human survival. A person can survive a month without food. But he can only survive about a week without water. In the United States,110 million gallons of water are used up for drinking and the average American uses 140-170 gallons of water per day. In addition to the water we drink, we use clean water to shower, cook and clean.
Unfortunately, water pollution has never been more serious than it is today. Contamination of potable water, which is a limited resource, is a major public concern that we all must deal with. It isn’t a task only the health officials or the government should address. Conserving water boils down to every household taking part of the initiative. If every household can find ways to reduce freshwater waste, there will be enough water supply for the future generations.
Here are some simple yet impactful ways to conserve energy inside and outside our homes.
Water Conservation at Home
Potable water is essential to every household. Apart from drinking, we all depend on clean water to shower, clean, cook, and do the laundry.
11% of in-home water use occurs in the kitchen. Most of the water ends up in the drain, but a few tweaks in how we do things around the kitchen can save hundreds of gallons each year.
- Reduce the use of running water. Make use of a pan or bowl to wash fruits and vegetables and other food items. Avoid using running water to defrost food. Thaw frozen items in the refrigerator in advance so you have them ready as you need. You can use the leftover water for watering plants or cleaning your outdoor space.
- Address plumbing issues ASAP. Dripping faucets and leaky pipes all result to water waste.
- Don’t run the dishwasher until it’s completely full.
Showering and bathing make up the largest indoor water use, about 27%. The good news is, there are plenty of ways to address it.
- Shower less. On average, a 5-minute shower takes 15-25 gallons of water. Consider using water-saving shower heads in your bathroom.
- While waiting for the water from the shower to warm up, put a bucket and use the water you catch for watering plants, flushing the toilet, or cleaning the bathroom.
- Use a glass when toothbrushing instead of running water.
- Think of the bathtub as an occasional treat and stick to showers. An average bath requires 37 gallons of water.
It’s easy to waste water when doing the laundry. However, there are simple practices every household can adopt to conserve water and energy.
- Reuse your shower towel. You don’t need a new clean towel each time you shower. Hang used towel up to dry. Even hotels encourage their guests to reuse towels to conserve water.
- Use the washing machine only for big loads. Wait until you get a big pile of dirty laundry before you use it. Hand-wash as often as possible.
- Whenever possible, upgrade your washing machine to and water heater to more energy-efficient models.
Water Conservation Outside of Home
Maintaining a lawn or garden will require a significant amount of water. Landscaping, for example, accounts for half of the water consumption in Californian households. In some states, it’s about three-quarters. Creating a water-efficient lawn requires diligent planning. But it doesn’t have to be difficult.
- Install a rain barrel. The water collected can be used for many purposes, from cleaning the driveway, washing the car, and watering plants.
- Eliminate leaks. Outdoor leaks are prone to waste because they are usually unnoticed. Check your outdoor plumbing systems for any holes or cracks.
- Install a thick layer of mulch to retain moisture and coolness in the soil. This will lessen the need for frequent watering.
- Save and reuse in-home water for your lawn and garden needs.
- Install an automatic-rain-shutoff device that protects your lawn from overwatering and greatly helps conserve water.
Teaching Kids about Water Conservation
Learning how to conserve water can be done at an early age. Kids are never too young to care about their environment and help protect the limited supply of potable water.
Here are some water conservation tips for kids:
- Turn off the bathroom faucet when not in use, especially when brushing teeth or washing hands.
- Use shower more often than the bath.
- Only flush human waste. Tissue, paper, and candy wrappers require more water to be flushed.
- Let a parent know when you notice a leaky trap.
Making children understand the importance of conserving water can be tricky but talking about certain facts and figures will help them grasp the topic much easier.
Clean water is a limited resource that is vital to our survival. Thus, conserving water should be something every individual and every household should do. There are many ways to serve water and it all starts at home. By helping raise awareness and sharing this guide to other people, you are making one big difference that can save future generations.