One of the most common ways to make your home more eco-friendly and green is to reduce your use of resources within your home. One area we have found often needs improvement is water consumption, so here are 5 Frugal Ways To Conserve Water. While these are small things, they can make a big difference not only in your water utility bill, but your overall use of a resource that may be hard to come by in some areas.
5 Frugal Ways To Conserve Water
Install a water saving toilet. There are many toilet options out there that offer both quality, but also the ability to conserve water. Water saving toilets don't use as much water to flush and drain. For most homes, this is a simple upgrade that can save a fairly noticeable amount of water. A toilet install doesn't even require a plumber most of the time. They can be fairly simple to replace and cost effective.
Change faucets & shower heads. Purchasing water saving faucets and shower heads will prevent you from using water on “full blast” all the time. This is especially good when you have kids in your home that haven't learned the art of turning water on at a lower level. Adjusting your shower head to use less water can save a significant amount and still give you the water pressure you desire.
Run dishwasher only when completely full. This one should be obvious, but some people are rather lazy about how they arrange dishes in their dishwasher. Make sure to utilize the space in your dishwasher well, and only run a load of dishes when it is actually full. If there is room for one more cup, then wait for that cup to be added.
Run washing machine only when full load. There are typically 2-3 options on washing machines for load size. While some say your clothing doesn't get as clean in large loads, it is much more cost effective and energy efficient to run large loads only. That doesn't mean you have to pack the washing machine until it is so stuffed it barely moves. It does mean you shouldn't be running your washing machine for only 3-4 garments at a time. Wait for a full load of laundry, or in emergency cases hand wash an item if needed immediately.
Set timer for showers. This one is especially handy when you have individuals who let time slip while they are in the shower. Set timers for everyone so you don't have people lingering under hot water for too long. If someone likes the hot water experience, encourage baths instead for lingering and soaking. Not only do long showers use water, they also use up electric or gas for heating the water.
It's easy to change simply things in your home to use these ways to conserve water. Not only are you going to see your utility bills decreasing, but you'll be doing something positive for the environment. These tips are especially helpful for those in states where drought is a true problem.