Climate change and drought are rapidly impacting our environment. There are numerous ways we can contribute to the problem or help ease the stress in our daily lives. While some steps may seem small, they add up. If we all do our part, we can significantly impact our water supply and, ultimately, our environment.
Products have been made that can help reduce the water we waste every day. High-efficiency labeled products can save an average of 50,000 gallons of water a year for a family of four or more. They can also save about $600 in energy and water bills and enough water for 2,000 loads of laundry. Consider switching to some of these better alternatives when searching for water-saving methods.
Low flush toilets are a great way to help save water. They require a more modern plumbing system because they need a higher flush capacity. These newer systems are much better for the environment and will save you tons on your monthly water bill. Most toilets have a flushing capacity of anywhere from 0.6 gallons to 4.5. Dual flush toilets are a better environmentally friendly option than low flush because they offer two separate flushes: one for liquid and one for sold waste. Installing a bidet is much better than flushable wipes for the environment.
Opting for a low-flow shower head can help cut energy and water bill costs. Showers can use almost 40 gallons of water per day for an average household. There is a 2.5 gallon per minute (GPM) standard rate of flow for most showerheads. This rate is being lowered due to the environmental factors we are continually facing lately, like climate change affecting our water supply. Some showerheads already have lower GPMs that reduce water waste in showers. Taking shorter showers helps save water as well.
Recycling or reusing water may not sound very appealing. However, it is not as unappealing as it sounds. We can reclaim our water in a few different ways. Reusing water can be as simple as taking leftover water from our dishwasher and using it to water our plants. You can also use recycled water for irrigation purposes. Freshwater is limited, and the damnd for it is only growing stronger. Reusing and recycling our water can help sustain the water we can obtain. By reusing our water supply, we are helping save energy, reducing pollution, enhancing the wetlands and more.
Leaks in toilets and sinks can be small and go unnoticed. Small leaks can waste a lot of water, though. Try putting some food coloring in your toilet tank to check it for leaks. You have a leak that wastes up to 100 gallons of water a day if it runs into the bowl without flushing.
Native plants don’t require as much water like most others. This can conserve water and combat climate change. Maple and oak trees store carbon dioxide, which is gas for greenhouses. These low-maintenance plants provide shelter and food for wildlife as well.
Last but not least, we have a few specific ways we can conserve water. Our daily tasks use so much water that we barely notice. It can be easy to overlook water supply because we’ve always been accustomed to having it. Forty states are expected to experience a water shortage by 2024.
Only do full loads of dishes at a time. If using a dishwasher, reuse the water as much as you can. If you use sinks, fill one sink with rinse water and use the other for washing. This cuts down on the water left running to rinse the dishes off.
Doing smaller loads of laundry is a colossal waste of water. By waiting until you have larger loads of laundry and washing them all at once, you can ensure you get the maximum use of your water supply without wasting it.
Turn off the water while you brush your teeth. Letting it run down the drain as you brush may seem more convenient for rinsing out toothpaste. You might not even think about the water you’re wasting. Be more attentive to the water we’re wasting every day.
Similarly, turn off the faucet while you shave. Letting the water run so you can rinse off your razor might be more convenient, but it is not suitable for the environment or our limited water supply. Plug up the sink and fill it with water to dip your razor in as you shave.
By utilizing these methods to save water, we’re doing our part to reduce our carbon footprint. We’re also working towards a common goal to ensure we have enough fresh water to go around during a shortage.
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