Newsflash! California is in a serious drought. They are so many ways that we can all ban together to conserve this precious resource, especially here in California. Some of these tips even require minimal effort.
Here are 15 way in which you can make a difference to conserve water around your home.
1 Avoid putting water down the drain when you can. It can be used another way like watering a plant or garden, or cleaning.
2 Check your home for any unnecessary leaks. Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.
3 Repair dripping faucets! If your faucet is dripping at the rate of one drop per second, you can expect to waste 2,700 gallons per year which will add to the cost of water.
4 Check for toilet tank leaks too! You can add food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear within 30 minutes. Check the toilet for worn out, corroded or bent parts. Most replacement parts are inexpensive, readily available and easily installed. Make sure you flush as soon as your done, it can stain your tank.
5 Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other such waste in the trash rather than the toilet.
6 Take shorter showers and change out your shower head to a low flow version.
7 Try to avoid letting water run while you are washing your face or shaving.
8 Retrofit all wasteful household faucets by installing aerators with flow restrictors.
9 Operate automatic dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are fully loaded or properly set the water level for the size of load you are using.
10 When washing dishes by hand, fill one sink with soapy water and quickly rinse under a slow-moving stream from the faucet.
11 Store drinking water in the refrigerator rather than letting the tap run every time you want a cool glass of water.
12 Do not use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or by using the defrost setting on your microwave.
13 Kitchen sink disposals require lots of water to operate properly. Start a compost pile as an alternate method of disposing food waste instead of using a garbage disposal. Garbage disposals also can add 50% to the volume of solids in a septic tank which can lead to malfunctions and maintenance problems.
14 Consider installing an instant water heater on your kitchen sink so you don't have to let the water run while it heats up. This will reduce heating costs for your household.
15 Insulate your water pipes. You'll get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.
If we all contribute we can make a difference!