Five More Ways People Waste Water at Home
6. Dishwashers. As in the case of laundry, running a half-full load of dishes in the dishwasher is a sheer waste of water. For a small number of dishes, simply wash them by hand.
7. Leaky Faucets and Toilets. One of the most common culprits of water wastage at home is the leaky faucet and toilet. It may seem insignificant but the little drips can actually add up. According to the U.S Geological Survey, a constantly leaking toilet can waste up to 22 gallons of water every day which adds up 8000 gallons of water in the year!
8. Watering the Lawn. Lawns look lovely but when you consider the amount of water that goes waste by watering them improperly, it takes away some of their loveliness. WaterUseItWisely.com offers plenty of suggestions to save water while watering the yard and garden. Some of them include watering lawns deeply instead of frequently, avoid watering when its windy since most of the water will get blown away, watering in the morning or evening, and checking the roots of the lawn for moisture before watering.
9. Kitchen Water Wastage. The kitchen uses a lot of water and there are plenty of ways in which one may unknowingly waste it. Washing fruits and vegetables in running water will not get them any cleaner than washing them in a pan filled with water. If you feel better only when you wash fruits and vegetables under running water, then at least collect that water and use it to water potted plants. Cooking also uses a lot of water, especially when you boil or steam vegetables. Reuse that water when making a curry or a soup. You’ll get valuable nutrients while saving water as well. Using inefficient appliances can also result in a lot of water wastage. According to the U.S Geological Survey, homeowners should check for appliances with the WaterSense label and invest in those to economize the use of water.
10. Kiddie Fun. Children love to cool off and splash around in the water. However, water fun can be expensive. Instead, you can let them have their fun by running the sprinklers on in the driest part of the lawn. Or let them help you with washing the car with a bucket and sponge. They get to play in water while you can feel good about saving it at the same time. Also, kids often tend to turn the faucets lightly leaving them dripping. Teach children to turn the faucets tightly and check for a drip before they walk away.
Taking care of these common culprits can help every homeowner stop wasting water and save hundreds of gallons of water without compromising on quality of life or basic needs. It is easy, effortless and economical to save water while being more eco-friendly as well. So, do check your home to see if you waste water in any of these areas and take immediate steps to stop.