You are not alone in your desire to conserve water. At the moment, many people are concerned about ensuring that future generations have access to clean drinking water – and with a good reason. Globally, fresh drinking water is relatively low – more or less 3% of all the water on Earth is freshwater, and of that, 2.5% is locked in ice caps, the atmosphere, or deep underground. That provides only 0.5% available for drinking. Water conservation is a major part of being a conscientious citizen of the world. Furthermore, you can use a few viable techniques to conserve water each day, even if you rent your Severance home. Here are a few tips you can use.
Turn Off the Taps
One of the ideal ways to conserve water is to reduce how much water goes down the drain. For example, you can save a lot of water by simply turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth, soaping up in the shower, or washing dishes. By utilizing only as much water as you need, you can save hundreds of gallons of water each year.
Run Your Dishwasher
While it might sound unusual, washing dishes by hand uses a lot more water than operating your dishwasher. This is especially true if you have a water-conserving dishwasher model. According to some estimates, you can cut your water consumption in half and save almost 5,000 gallons of water a year just by using an efficient dishwasher to wash your dishes.
Wash Full Loads
You can save water by operating your washing machine a little more strategically with regard to laundry. For example, only do laundry when you have enough to do a full load. This saves both water and energy. Or, if you have a sufficient budget, purchase a high-efficiency washing machine that will automatically adjust water levels to the amount of laundry in each load.
Opt for Water-Saving Fixtures
Another effective strategy to conserve water is to invest in water-saving fixtures, specifically showerheads and sink faucets. Low-flow showerheads can save between five to ten gallons per minute, which adds up in the future! Moreover, think about installing an aerator if your bathroom faucets don’t already have one. This will help maintain water pressure at the same time reducing the water you utilize every time you turn on the tap. Just bear in mind to obtain your landlord’s approval, if needed, before conducting any permanent plumbing upgrades.
Keep Cooled Water in the Fridge
Instead of letting the tap water run until it’s cold enough to consume, consider storing a jug or pitcher of water in your refrigerator. This can help prevent wasted water and have easy access to that cold drink of water you want.
Check for Leaks
If you or your landlord have not checked your home’s plumbing for leaks for quite a while, then this must be added to your to-do list. Plumbing leaks, even little ones, can waste a huge volume of water. They also produce water damage in hidden places that can ultimately cause big repair problems. You can do a visual check around faucets, toilets, and under sink cabinets. However, if you want to be absolutely convinced that you don’t have a hidden leak somewhere, ask your landlord to send a plumbing professional over for a full inspection. After all, being proactive with plumbing maintenance will save both water and money!
Doing small steps such as these might help you conserve water. Yet, if you’re prepared for a Severance rental home that was built with water conservation in mind, take a look at our current listings or give Real Property Management of the Rockies a call!
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