Seven tips to save water

Water is the world’s most essential element. We can live longer without food than we can without water.  We need it for survival and for a healthy body. The problem is that we seem to think that we are never going to run out of this essential liquid.

This might seem impossible now, but if we continue with careless behavior towards the precious element, we just might end up lowering our water resources. Already, there are people in some regions of the world with no access to water unless they walk for miles.

Today, we will give you some useful tips on how to save water and lower water bills.  Most importantly, though, these are tips to ensure the preservation of this valuable and essential resource.

1. Load washing machines to full capacity

Be it in the kitchen or the laundry room, you need to make the most of the water you use to wash dishes or clothes. This means avoiding placing only one or two dishes when running the dishwasher, or only partially filling the washing machine when washing clothes.

If you feel you don’t have enough dishes or clothes for those machines, just wait until you do. It should take very little time for you to fill the quota.

2. Keep cool water in a bottle

With so much talk about plastic bottles being bad for our health, it’s good to have an alternative. Buy a durable, insulated, stainless steel bottle that keeps water cool and you won’t have to buy bottles of water from vendors in the street if you get thirsty. I use my Kool8 bottle for this purpose which was recently named one of the best water bottles of 2019.

3. Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth

If people leave the water running while brushing their teeth, they consume an average of six liters of water every minute the water flows from the tap. This is an incredible amount of water wasted for no good reason!

Wait until you are ready to rinse before you turn on the spigot. There is no need to let so much water go to waste while you are brushing your teeth.

4. Check for any leaks

Sprinklers, hoses and faucets all over the house need to be regularly checked for leaks. These leaks can amount to a large quantity of wasted water. It’s a good idea to do a quick check around the house at least once a week.

Even if you think your hoses, pipes, faucets and taps are in great shape, there will always come a time when they fail. Save on your water bill and, eventually, your plumbing bill by catching leaks quickly.

5. Give water multiple purposes

A good example of using water for multiple purposes can be found from the water you use to rinse your vegetables. First of all, stop using the tap to rinse vegetables. Get a basin of water and rinse them in it.  Then you can use that same water on your garden or house plants.

Try to be creative with your use of water and this will help you save gallons of water and many dollars, too. You could also water plants with fish tank water or the water that drips from dehumidifiers.

6. Time your showers

There are many ways to do this, but the easiest and simplest way is to look for a song you like that is around five to seven minutes long and play it on your smartphone or any device you prefer.

A good shower can easily take five to seven minutes if you go in with the intent of showering. You can save more water by turning off the shower water while you soap up your body.  Being thoughtful about water use can lead to much savings.

7. Get a watering can for your plants

This is a great way to save water because instead of turning on a hose and wasting much water, you fill the watering can and make better use of all the water used. Watering cans are very cheap and come in a variety of different sizes.

Many gardeners use them for convenience, but they are also excellent for saving water. The added benefit?  Using a watering can helps build muscles to improve your physical health while saving the earth.

Final thoughts

Saving water is probably one of the greatest contributions you can give to our planet. These seven tips are ideal to help you achieve amazing results in both the short and the long run. They require only minor adjustments to your way of doing certain tasks and are easy to sustain

Maintaining a good level of consistency when developing a water saving habit will be extremely helpful to the entire world while saving you money.

This guest post comes from JGBilling, a medical billing Chicago company

Image Credits: save water from Vanatchanan /Shutterstock

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