20 Apr Tips for Conserving Water at Home
If you’re concerned about the environment, we’re sure that you recycle and go out of your way to conserve resources. One of those most important resources is water, and there are actually many simple ways to reduce water usage in your home. Even small efforts can help you prevent gallons of water being wasted. With tips from Lakeshore Recycling Systems, you can have a greener home in no time.
Turn Off The Tap
Sometimes it seems like it’s easier to let the water run when you’re brushing your teeth or washing your hands. Unfortunately, this seemingly insignificant habit can actually have huge detrimental effects. You could waste gallons of water while you’re taking care of these tasks. So turn off the faucet after you wet your hands or brush your teeth, and only turn the water back on when you’re ready to rinse.
Run Your Dishwasher When It’s Full
Waiting to run your dishwasher until it’s full can help you conserve a lot of water over time. Just think about it. Running a half-full dishwasher twice is using twice the amount of water to do the same amount of dishes as a full dishwasher can handle. Be patient and let that dishwasher fill up completely. Also, most dishwashers don’t require that you pre-wash your dishes and utensils. If you’ve been doing that, you could be wasting water.
Take Shorter Showers
Taking shorter showers is a good idea for anyone using an older showerhead. Older shower heads are not as efficient as newer ones, so cutting your shower time by just a few minutes can save gallons of water. On that note, you can also replace your old showerhead with a newer, more efficient one if you own your home or apartment. If you’re a renter, see if your landlord would be interested in making his or her building more sustainable with a showerhead that controls the flow of water more effectively.
Put a Bucket in the Shower
We’ve all done it. You turn on the shower and realize it’s too cold, so you wait until it warms up. This wastes gallons of water. If you put a bucket in your shower, you can collect that cold water and find another purpose for it. Watering your plants is one good use of this water that otherwise would have gone down the drain. Recycling isn’t just for the plastic, aluminum, and paper products in your home but also essential resources like water.
Keep an Eye Out For Leaks
A recent increase in your water bill could indicate that there’s a leak somewhere in your home. You’ll want a professional to deal with this quickly, since leaking pipes or faucets can lead to a lot of wasted water over time. This also applies to toilets that keep running. Fix it or find a plumber who can, because a lot of water can be wasted per day by this defect.
Use Less Electricity
This may seem odd, however did you know that power plants use gallons of water for cooling purposes? By reducing your electricity use, you could actually help reduce your water use too.
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At Lakeshore Recycling Systems, we are at the forefront of recycling and waste management. We are committed to the environment and all efforts that help conserve natural resources. We also provide construction related services for businesses and residents throughout Chicagoland. If you are in need of portable restrooms, roll-off dumpsters, on-site storage containers, street sweepers or mulch, we are the team to contact. Call today for a free consultation and estimate for your next construction project.