We’re all trying to save money on big, pricey things while, in fact, the key is perhaps in refraining from those little wallet nibblers and reducing, rather than completely removing certain parts of budget guzzlers. Water definitely falls into this category, as it obviously is a necessity, rather than a thing of luxury. But can one truly expect to change their rate of consumption here?
15 gallons may not seem that big a difference when compared to 12 gallons, a low-flow showerhead provides, but if you trim down that 15-minute soaking, to 5-minute head-to-toe rundown, in a blink of an eye, you’ve saved 28 gallons of water! A fortune! You’d be amazed at the sheer, raw power of the force of habit. One gets easily used to what is needed and forgets in a matter of days the pretense pleasure the thing like longer showers used to give them. Let those 5 minutes be the goal.
Replace your regular water flushing tank with the flapper, and you can save as much as up to 3 gallons per flush! Per flush! A fortune on your water bill. Tanks are usually 5 gallons in size, and depending on your, um… meal end-product, it is set to throw away all of those 5 gallons, just to be sure there are no skid marks left. Adjustable flapper lets you be the judge of how much water you need for that final sparkle on the bottom of your toilet. So stop refraining from those courtesy flushes and, get that adjustable flapper!
Now, while, granted, bathroom is the main culprit of overly-excessive water consumption, another sneaky bastard has been known to creep a myriad of homes. The kitchen also has a faucet (one even more frequently used, mind you), and while it lacks in washing machines (unless you had a really weird upbringing in terms of washing machine placement (trust me, I’ve seen things)), this place is taken by a luxury in form of a dish washer. Save both your time (by using this clever invention) and money, by utilizing a couple of useful tips:
- run the thing only when fully loaded – it can’t be put into words how much this will cut down your water spending
- buy one of them new models, that offer different cycles for a most efficient use
- don’t be lazy and use your hands – dish washing can be fun! Put some of your favorite tunes on, and get busy cleaning out those smudges!
Not only are those regular water drops annoying to listen to, but when put on paper, can prove to be an expensive oversight. Leaky faucets can easily be fixed by simply tightening the faucet. Furthermore, toilets can be silent budget-killers, as many a homeowner is unaware of the leaks being present in the first place! So check your toilets and faucets for any leakage and kill off the pest right this minute.
While we can’t tell you why watering your garden is that big of a calming experience, what we can do is inform you that it doesn’t need more than 1 hour of it every other day. Watering the sidewalk is not only annoying for the passer-by, but quite useless in terms of water spending. If you don’t care much for the mentioned meditational, by-hand watering, at least plan how you place your sprinklers. When you’ve made sure that they’re smartly placed, set them to water only in the early morning and after dark, as evaporation is, quite logically, at a minimum during this period.
If you do not have time for yet another obligation to fret about, here’s a useful tip: Check for faucet and toilet leaks when you’re doing the maintenance of your water filters. Just make it a habit, it’s not that difficult, as you’re already there while doing the checks.
Water shedding is not merely a mean budget annihilator. Throughout the world, there is less and less drinking water. If saving water doesn’t make you feel accomplished, just think about a thirsty child in some war-torn, desert country. Think of someone stranded in the middle of nowhere desperately in need of an oasis, and your conscience is bound to spike. Do this, and you’ll stop keeping a constant flow of water when dishwashing and turn the faucet off in the shower, at least while applying soap.