April is water conservation month. When we conserve water, we help to preserve the environment in which we live. There are many ways which may seem small, that we can help to conserve water in and outside our homes. Here are some tips on how you can help to conserve water during water conservation month.
Conserving Water in the House
- Turn off the tap when washing our hands
- Turn off the water when brushing our teeth
- Update your toilet to a more efficient one, or place a half gallon jug of water in the tank, don’t use a brick as the brick can break down and cause sediment which can cause damage to the tank
- Try to take shorter showers. Reducing a 10 minute shower in half will save 12.5 gallons of water if the shower head has a flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute. Your utility bill will thank you too
- Fix leaks around the house, this includes faucets, showerheads and toilets
- When doing laundry, only wash when the loads are full
- Wash dishes using the dishwasher, and again only when you have a full load, it actually uses less water than hand washing
Conserving Water Outside
- Water lawns and plants early in the morning when the water is less likely to evaporate, and don’t water the lawn when it’s windy
- Rather than washing your car at home, take it to a car wash
- If your dogs need bathing, wash them outside, this is a two in one deal, you’re also watering your lawn at the same time
- Have an energy efficient irrigation system which knows to not water the lawn when it’s raining
- Use a rain barrel to catch rain water for use on the landscape
Check out Wyman Plumbing’s store for energy efficient faucets, shower heads and toilets, and see https://www.energystar.gov/ for other ways to make your home more efficient. How will you conserve water during water conservation month?