If you are just learning about climate change, and you are interested in doing something to preserve water, we might have some tips for you. It might take some getting used to do, since you are probably used to taking long showers, having your tap open when brushing teeth, and doing laundry at least a couple of times a week. Here are some tips on how you can preserve water at home with minimal effort.
When doing laundry, make sure you have enough clothes to fill in the washing machine. If the washing machine is not fully loaded, and you use the same program to wash your clothes, you are simply wasting gallons of water. The solution is simple. You can wait to have a full load of laundry and then turn on the washing machine, or if you desperately need to do laundry, simply adjust the program and amount of water. Another solution, you can actually buy a high efficiency (HE) washing machine, which is a bit of an investment, but if water is costly in your area it will pay off.
Another solution to how you can preserve water at home is to take shorter showers. It has been recorded that a four-minute shower uses between 20 to 40 gallons of water. How can you reduce this number? Try turning the shower off when soaping or shaving. This will save a lot of water in the long run, and your water bills will go down. Another option for how you can preserve water while showering is to buy a shower timer, which will help you train yourself to shower within limited time.
If you think that washing dishes by hands saves water and time, you are mistaken. It has been estimated that an efficient dishwasher can save you almost 5,000 gallons of water per year. So, if you have a dishwasher, make sure you have enough dishes for the full load. However, if you only have a double-basin, this is not a problem. You can fill up one with soapy water and the other one with clean water to rinse all the dishes. This way you will not have to leave the water running while washing dishes and you will be able to lessen the water consumption in the kitchen.
If you have a backyard with a pool and a small garden, then there are a few things you can do to conserve water. Instead of cleaning the backyard with a hose, use a broom. If you have a swimming pool, make sure to cover it to reduce water evaporation. Try to populate your garden with low maintenance plants aren’t too sensitive to drought, reducing the water consumption of your garden. In the end, it does not really matter how you try to preserve water, as long as you understand the importance of water conservation and you educate your family and friends about this important topic.
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