Only 3% of the earth’s water is freshwater. As such, conserving water is an important duty for all of us. Not only is saving water good for the environment but it is also good for your wallet.
There are many ways to conserve water and the MorConnect team will be listing down the top 5 things everybody can do to do their part in saving water. They are ranked in no particular order and these methods can have a great impact on the environment without disrupting your lifestyle significantly
Fixing Leaks On Your Pipe Or Faucet
The first thing everyone can do to help save water is to inspect their homes for leaks. It might not seem much to fix those small leaks but you’ll be surprised at home much you will save. You can save up to 75 liters of water if leaks around your house are fixed. Fortunately, there is an easy way to see if your home has leaks of any kind. Simply shut off all your faucets and do not use water for 2 hours. Check your water meter before and after this 2-hour check. If there are any changes to your water meter, it means that there is a leak somewhere in your home. If you do not know how to repair the leaks yourself, the MorConnect team will be more than happy to help you.
Redecorate Your Lawn
If your home has a yard there are plenty of ways on how to save water. Usually, the lawn consumes the most water in a home. Try to water in the morning and in short bursts to prevent the heat of the sun from evaporating the water and to let the water seep down into the soil. Checking your water sprinklers for leaks is also one of the best ways to reduce your water usage. If your current sprinkler system requires replacement, installing drip systems is far more efficient than using sprinkler systems. Drip systems save up to 50% more water than a traditional sprinkler system. If you have trees around your property, adding a layer of mulch can decrease the need for watering since it can act as insulation and it can keep water from evaporating. Lastly, planting low maintenance plants, instead of those that just look pretty, that use less water can be a very big help in cutting down on your water bill every month.
Sometimes the best way to do something is the simplest. It may seem strange but harvesting rainwater is one of the biggest ways to save water. You can buy equipment that harvests rainwater and then use that water for your lawn or garden. More advanced rainwater catching systems would even have filters so that your collected water can be potable. Indoors we can have your water catching system. Having a basin in your sink as you wash your vegetables and fruit, can collect otherwise water down the drain. You can then use this water for your plants.
Saving water does not need to be expensive. We can conserve water by slightly changing up our everyday habits. For example, turning off the faucet while you are brushing your teeth can save up to 8 gallons of water per day.
Here we listed some water-saving habits that we can do:
Taking shorter showers can save up to 5 gallons of water per day per person. Shortening your shower by 5 minutes can be a big relief to your water bill
Another tip is not to flush garbage down the toilet. This little bad habit can seriously impact your water bill and is bad for the environment.
Only use your washing machine or dishwasher on a full load. Your machine uses the same amount of water regardless if it’s full or not. So only using your washing machine or dishwasher when you have a full load can have an impact on your water usage.
Most of these habits don’t need to change your lifestyle significantly but can promote efficient use of water.
Using Water Saving Fixtures And Appliances
This is one of the more expensive methods on this list, but it is also one of the ones that need the least change in your habit. Installing low flow showerheads and faucet aerators can reduce your water usage anywhere from 25-60 percent. These devices are also relatively cheaper than the other choices on this list.
Changing your old appliances with more water-efficient ones can help further in cutting down your water use. The more efficient machines can cost more upfront, but you can see savings in the long run.
Finally having a smart valve installed can have a big effect on your water use. The smart valve is a device that is installed after your water meter so you can reduce your water usage. Water flowing through the pipes has air pockets that show higher usage of water on your water meter, and hence a higher bill. Having one installed by a certified plumber can help you have savings of as much as 70% on your water bill.
Everyday habits can have a big impact on the environment and our wallet. Small changes in our habits can help us make a big impact on the planet.