Have your water bills been too high lately? That can be an indication you might have a leak problem, which is a huge water waster. Not only that, but there are several things in a home that are wasting water. Check out these 5 better alternatives to save water!
“Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.” - Lao Tzu
Leaks are one of the biggest water consumers in your home. The best way of knowing if there’s a leak anywhere in the house (aside from a full home inspection), is by checking the water meter before and after a couple of hours when water isn’t in use. If the reading changes, you will need to look for a professional plumber and get that leak repaired.
Dual Flush Toilet
Either a low-flush or a dual flush toilet will highly improve your home’s energy efficiency while also saving tons of water. There are dual flush systems that have different buttons for solid and liquid waste, that kind of customization reduces water use too.
If you don’t want to do this project right now, you can start by repairing your current toilet. It’s common for older toilets to becomes less efficient and even cause leaks, by having it checked and repaired you will already be reducing overall water costs.
Both your roof and your lawn naturally collect water from the rain, so if you install a rain barrel to redirect that water, you will be able to reuse it and save some money on your bills. Plus, you’ll also be reducing your ecological footprint. It’s a win-win situation!
Even though most states allow citizens to collect rainwater and even encourage it, check your local regulations first. Some states have minor regulations about it and the means the water is collected, be sure you're not breaking any laws.
Drip Irrigation System
Much like the rain barrel, a drip irrigation system can be helpful to water your lawn and save water at the same time. That happens because the amount of water applied to your lawn is small and it’s applied in a uniform way too - which avoids dead grass and brown spots.
Sprinklers with Timers
Sprinklers are huge water consumers and they’re not always accurate. It’s common to find brown lawns because sprinklers couldn’t handle a uniform watering. Still, to improve your sprinkler efficiency you can put a timer on it. That way, it won’t waste water and your lawn will be healthier.
More than that, save water and energy by installing rain sensors to stop the sprinkler cycle when it starts to rain!
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