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How to Achieve Water Savings and Water Conservation

Water Savings and Water Conservation

Water savings can be achieved through different strategies and activities. Considering the growing population and affluence of nations around the world, policies and activities that conserve water are essential to protecting our hydrosphere. However, these strategies cannot fully satisfy human demand. Therefore, a good plan must address the factors that influence household water usage. Using water efficiently is crucial to ensuring that you don't deplete our water supplies. By reducing the amount, we use each day, we can reduce our overall bills and preserve fresh water in lakes, rivers, and aquifers. We must also consider our impact on our ecosystems, so we must conserve water in various ways. Here are some suggestions for water conservation. You can also apply these strategies to your own home. If you want to save more money on your utility bill, use the tips in this article.

 

Saving water can be achieved with the simple act of changing your habits, like turning off the water when brushing your teeth, shaving, or doing other household chores. Another way to save water is to reduce the amount of water used during showers. A family of 4 who reduces their shower times by 5 minutes can potentially save up to 1,000 gallons of water a month. The average home uses about 400 gallons of water per day, so anywhere you can reduce usage can provide instant savings. Another habit to consider changing pertains to your dishwasher and clothes washer. Stop running partial loads and wait till you have a full load to run your dishwasher or washing machine. Changing habits is the most cost-effective way to reach your goal of water conservation and at the same time save money.

 

Alternative option to using a water softener
 
Other ways to save water are installing water-saving devices like using water-saving timers and limiting outdoor water use. Installing aerators on all your faucets and sinks and using high-efficiency appliances can help as well. Just a few of these steps will save 1000's of gallons of water a year, especially if you’re using old appliances. Another great way to save water and be an active conservationist is to use rain barrels. Outside, rain barrels can replace your outdoor water usage almost completely. One of the biggest uses of water is outdoor irrigation during the summer. Rain barrels can almost eliminate this costly use of water in many areas. It is possible to save up to half of your total water bill by taking small steps to save water.
 
Another way to conserve water is to stay on necessary maintenance. Typically, a leaky faucet releases 2.5 to 10 gallons of water a day. You should also be sure to maintain your water heater. It’s important to make sure it's free of scale. If it's not, it can have a serious impact on your hot water usage. Just 1/16th of an inch of scale can reduce your water heater's ability to heat water by 11%. Thus, using more water and energy to achieve the same level of efficiency.
 

 

The cost of hard water on your appliances
 
 
If you live in a hard water area and need an alternative way to deal with the scale in your system. It’s important to know that using salt exchange water softeners isn’t necessary anymore. You can keep the healthy calcium in your water and be able to keep the scale from forming in your plumbing system and appliances. Not only is the alternative cheaper financially it doesn’t pollute the environment with chemicals. Protect your plumbing system and at the same time conserve water and energy. Every time you save on energy and water usage that’s more money in your pocket. Learn more about HydroFLOW water conditioners here.
 
How Can I Achieve Water Savings? 
  • Monitor your outdoor water usage by using a timer on outdoor faucets. Make sure there are no leaky hose connections, leaving a hose on accidentally can waste as much as 28,000 gallons in a 24-hour period but even a slow drip at the faucet can use as much as 5,000 gallons per month. 
  • Use a broom to clean outdoor spaces like decks, driveways, and sidewalks instead of hosing them off.
  • In a drought situation, water your lawn only when it’s actively growing. Don’t cut the lawn too short either, setting the mower blade to 2-3 inches high will help shade the soil and improve moisture retention.
  • Water your plants in the morning, as the sun heats them and during the early part of the day when air and water temperatures are lowest. Adding mulch around plants and flower beds will also reduce evaporation and help the soil retain more moisture.
  • Use rain barrels through the rainy season to collect water for use during droughts.
  • Consider installing drip irrigation instead of conventional sprinklers. Drip irrigation can reduce water use by 30% or more compared to conventional sprinkler irrigation. 
  • Setting your irrigation system to run at night will take advantage of the lower rates offered by utility companies and lose less water to evaporation.
  • If you have a pool or spa, use a cover to reduce evaporation, which in turn reduces the water needed to top off the pool or spa.
Monitoring your indoor water usage is also important. Most household appliances have a way of making water use more efficient. Finding and saving the most water in your home is the best way to decrease your bill. There are several ways to find out how much water is used by any appliance in your home.
 
  • Have your utility department conduct a water usage audit.
  • Are there extra appliances in your home? An old dishwasher might be working harder than necessary, draining more water. The same can be true for your washer and dryer. Look for high-efficiency replacements.
  • An easy way to find out your overall water usage is to check your utility bill and it will tell you exactly how much water you’re using. Once you find out how much water you use, you can begin a water conservation plan that will lower your water bill. Keep an eye out for any leaks in faucets, toilets, and pipes around your home. If your water bill seems unusually high there may be a leak somewhere in your home. A leaky toilet that runs can use up to 200 gallons of water per day. A faucet dripping 10 times per minute can waste over 40 gallons a month. A leaky underground pipe can waste even more water. To check for a leak in your plumbing turn off all water-using appliances and read your water meter. If you see the meter increase while no water is being used, you’ll know you have a hidden leak that is wasting water and increasing your utility bill. 
  • The biggest way to save water and reduce your costs is by changing your habits that waste water.
  • Shower in the evening not only because it is a non-peak time for water usage, but it has also been proven that going to bed after bathing is a healthier choice. Most importantly reducing your shower time by 5 minutes you can save almost 1,000 gallons of water a month.
  • Do your laundry late in the evening. A washing machine running in the evening or overnight is less expensive because most water districts charge a lower rate for non-peak hours. Where you will see real water savings is simply by waiting until you have a full load before running your dishwasher or washing machine.
  • Turn off faucets while brushing your teeth or washing your hands, except to rinse at the end.
  • Develop a maintenance routine on your water-using appliances. Hard water scale will have a serious impact on water usage so staying on top of maintenance will save money and water.
As you can see from the many ways you can achieve water savings through conservation. A few simple bad habits can amount to a significant amount of water savings. We challenge you to keep a record of how many of these ideas you've implemented and start comparing your water usage from your utility bills in previous months. We think you will be surprised at the amount of water savings just one family can achieve by changing some bad habits and trying new approaches to water conservation.
 
 
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