Knowing how to save water at home is not only important for our ecosystem, but it’s also a big help on your monthly bill. With droughts becoming more common it’s important for us to not take our clean water for granted, but instead start practicing better ways to save water.
Start learning how to capture and repurpose waste water from every day chores or activities. For instance, one of the best ways to save water is to put a bowl or bucket under the colander when rinsing vegetables or fruits to capture the runoff water. Take this water and save it to either water house plants, flush a toilet, or water a flower bed outside.
You can also place a bucket under a bathtub faucet to help capture water as you’re waiting for it to heat up for your bath or shower.
Saving water at home can be as easy as upgrading your showerheads and toilets to run on lower flows. Toilets account for nearly 30 percent of a home’s indoor water use. Older models use about 6 gallons of water with each flush, but newer, better efficient models use about 1.28 to 1.6b gallons. Even better, get a dual flush toilet that can switch between what kind of waste needs to be flushed. These types of toilets use even less water.
More efficient showerheads, such as those with the WaterSense label use 2 gallons or less of water a minute are a great investment.
Invest in a large water tank or 55-gallon drum that you can put under your gutter spout or to leave in the yard during large rainstorms. You’ll be shocked at how much water can be collected and reused. Some models of the 55-gallon drum come built with a water spout that you can hook a garden hose up to, which will allow you to use that water for watering your lawn or garden. You could even use it to wash a car or rinse of the side of the house. Be sure to keep your barrel or drums covered when it isn’t raining to keep mosquitoes at bay.
Turn off Faucets
Get in the habit of turning off your faucet. This can be when you’re brushing your teeth, washing your face, shaving, cleaning your hands, and even while washing dishes. It can actually save you a ton of water to have a dual sink installed. This way, when hand-washing dishes you can fill one side up with hot soapy water, and the other side with cool water for rinsing. This awesome tip for ways to conserve water at home can help you use only half of what you normally use to hand-wash dishes.
Bathroom faucets run at 2 gallons of water per minute according to the EPA, by turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth and shave you could save hundreds of gallons of water a month. This is also a good time to check for drips or leaks in your sinks.
Get a Float Booster
Whether you buy one or make your own, a float booster can be placed in the back tank of your toilet as one of our ways to save water. A float booster is put in the bottom of the tank to help raise the level of the water in the tank, faking out your toilet into thinking there’s enough water in the tank but allowing you to have the toilet run on a lower flow. To make your own float booster, fill the bottom of a bottle with sand or pebbles and then fill the rest with water. Place the bottle in your toilet water tank, like in one of the corners. If your tank is large enough, try putting two bottles in. Using a float booster can save up to 10 gallons of water a day. Be sure that at least 3 gallons of water remains in the tank, this is all you will need for the toilet to still flush properly. If there isn’t at least three gallons in the tank, users will have to either flush twice or hold the flapper down longer which will result in more water being used.