Great Green Idea: Green Living: Water Conservation around the House

Water Conservation around the House

July 3, 2013

Around 260 gallons of water are used in a household each day. If water is used intelligently it will not only reduce the bills but also help you play your part in reducing water pollution. Following are tips and tricks that can be used around your house and garden to conserve water with simple methods.

Around 260 gallons of water are used in a household each day. If water is used intelligently it will not only reduce the bills but also help you play your part in reducing water pollution. Following are tips and tricks that can be used around your house and garden to conserve water with simple methods.

Around the House

Use the following tips to save water and money around your house:

Check Pipes and Toilets for Leaks
Small leaks and drips in our houses can waste water from 20 to hundreds of gallons a day. Keep a check on any such leaks and repair them immediately. Old faucets can be replaced by new, inexpensive ones to avoid leaks and save water.

Flushing Tissue Papers and Cigarette Butts
Five to seven gallons of water is wasted when unnecessary things are flushed in toilets.

Install Water Saving Faucets
A lot of water is wasted while keeping the water running during showers. A typical shower wastes five to ten gallons of water per minute when it is not in use. Replace shower heads with low-flow varieties to save a lot of water from going to waste.

Insulating Water Pipes
This will make hot water available to you faster and without any wastage while you wait for water to warm up.

Taking Short Showers
Turn the shower off while you soap up will save up to 40 gallons of water. When you want to rinse, turn it on again.

Limit the Use of Dishwashers and Clothes Washers
Limit the use of automatic washers for full loads only. Or you can adjust the level of water according to your requirement. Replacing your old washers is also recommended as the newer versions will use 35%-50% water.

Don't Leave the Water Running
While brushing or shaving do not leave the water running after washing your brush or razor. After brushing, use water from a glass to rinse your mouth. For your razors fill up the sink with water and rinse; it is as efficient as running water.

Around the Garden

Following tips and tricks can be used to save water around the garden:

Drought Resistant Plants
Plant grasses, trees and shrubs that can survive in less water, as compared to those varieties that need a lot of water for their growth. There are many such drought resistant plants available that grow and look as well as any other variety.

Use Mulch around Plants
Mulch helps the soil in retaining moisture. Add a layer of compost or mulch to aid the soil in retaining water for a longer period of time; it also helps prevent weeds.

Water the Plants When Needed
Limit watering plants to only when they need it; this will not affect their growth and will also help you in saving water. If your lawn looks dry in hot weather do not panic; it will retain its moisture when it rains or in the morning dew.

Check for Leaks in Equipment
Check for leaks around your garden and repair them immediately. They waste almost as much water as the ones inside your house.

Avoid Watering on a Windy Day
Watering plants in windy weather can speed up the process of evaporation; it is better to water plants early in the morning or late evening. It not only helps you in saving water but is also effective in repelling insects that are harmful for the growth of plants.

Be financially smart; to reduce your bills use our tips and tricks to develop a habit of water conservation both inside and outside your home. For further details about green ideas to make your garden flourish and to buy our special products log on to TVI Supply.com.

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