Conserve Water: How to Save Water (and Money) at Home

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Overuse of water is expensive. Homeowners who wish to conserve water and save money on their utilities bill should consider the following tips shared by Lagan Water to limit their water usage.

1. Research has shown that leaky faucets and other plumbing fixtures waste much more water than we think. Fix these as soon as they become apparent, and you could save more than 15 gallons a day.

2. If you have to wash vegetables, or run the water until it is hot enough to wash dishes, collect the lukewarm or excess water for use in cooking or on flowers.

3. Install water-conserving shower-heads or take "navy showers." Run the water to get wet, turn it off, wash, then turn it back on for a rinse.

4. Use a water bottle throughout the day. It will save you from washing extra dishes, and dumping out half-full glasses.

5. In your backyard, make sure your grass is really thirsty before watering it, and water it only as much as it needs. If water collects above the ground, you've watered too much. Make sure to plant the flowers that need a lot of water next to each other and those that don't need much in a different area. Mulch your trees and shrubs, and water early in the morning so the water doesn't evaporate as quickly in the sun.

6: Run all your appliances like dishwashers and washing machines only when they are completely full. Use your dishwasher more than your sink, as new models are designed to use less water.

7: Don't run the water while you brush your teeth or wash your hands or face. Use a basin whenever you wash dishes or food. Use a bucket instead of a hose when washing your car, or use a car wash facility that recycles.

8: Use dry tools when cleaning as much as possible. Sweep your drive and sidewalk rather than hosing them down.

9: If you keep a fish tank, don't let those many gallons go to waste. The water is good for plants and can be used in the garden or on houseplants. If you have a swimming pool, keep it covered, check it frequently for leaks, and keep the heat turned off to avoid evaporation.

Even implementing a few of these conservation techniques could save you large amounts on your water bill. Try them all, and you will see a dramatic reduction in your water usage bill.

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