An average household consumes around two hundred and fifty litres of water per head per day. If you are looking to cut corners on your monthly household expenses, it really makes sense to spend water sensibly. Many of you would be happy to know that you can make a significant difference without making any drastic changes to your water expenditure pattern.
Here are some of the easiest ways for you to conserve water and reduce your monthly water bill.
- One of the most important factors that lead to wastage of water are the leakages found around the sinks and toilets. Experts suggest that even a minor leakage may lead to seventy five litres of water wastage per day.
Check your toilet for leakages by adding some food grade colored dye to the tank. If there is a leak, you will see the dye in the bowl after around fifteen minutes. Detection of leaks in the faucet is relatively simple and spouts are the most common areas to find leakages. Sinks and the base of the faucets are also probable areas to look for leakages. Immediately contact a plumber if you find leakages anywhere in your plumbing system.
- Another alternative to save water is to only use the full load of the washing machines and dishwashers. The less these two appliances are used, the less will be the water consumption for your household. As far as the dishwasher is concerned, avoiding prewashing the dishes is a great way to save water. In case of washing machines, try to avoid the temptation of washing small loads of clothes.
- You may end up saving as much as ten to fifteen litres of water per day by installing low-flow toilets. Many of you would be shocked to know that around 30% of the water remains unused while using a shower. This wastage can be minimised by installing the advanced, water-saving shower heads.
- Adding aerators to the faucets is one more effective measure to save water. Aerators not only reduce the amount of water used by the faucets, but also increase the water pressure.
- You may also consider replacing your existing dishwasher and washing machine with the Energy Star versions of these appliances. This will help you save around seven litres of water per dishwasher cycle and anything between seventy to hundred litres of water per laundry cycle.
- Changing certain habits can also help your household become more efficient in terms of water usage. If possible, try taking shorter showers, turn off the tap while shaving or brushing your teeth, avoid flushing the toilet every single time, and don’t use running water to defrost frozen food.
- Rain water harvesting is another simple yet effective technique to become more water efficient. All you need to do is to store rainwater in whichever way you can. Later on, you can use this water for the purpose of watering your lawn and garden.