There is an active call now for everyone to join in the efforts to conserve the earth’s resources. The steps are simple enough but if every family makes it an effort to minimize the use of water, the amount that’s saved would be significant. Modern amenities have made our lives so much simpler but some of them have also contributed to the wasteful use of the earth’s resources.
It’s surprising how much water an average family of four can use. Studies show that a small family uses approximately 400 gallons of water daily. By taking small steps, this figure can be cut down to a minimum. Starting a habit of conserving natural resources have long standing effects that will benefit not just one family but entire communities. The immediate effect will be the savings that you’ll see on your monthly bill, the long term benefit will be the prevention of water pollution in the lakes and rivers that are near your home. Some of the measures that you can observe in your home include:
• Do a general inspection of all your faucets and pipes and check for leaks. Even a small drip from a faucet can cause water wastage of up to 20 gallons a day. Replace broken units immediately.
• An easy way to check if you have hidden leaks in your pipes is to observe your water meter for a couple of hours without opening any faucet. If the meter moves, then you have a leak in your pipes.
• Opt for short showers instead of tub baths and make sure that you turn off the faucet when you’re soaping up to cut down on your water usage. Do the same when you brush your teeth. Use a glass and fill it up with water for rinsing instead of letting the water run continuously.
• Insulate your water pipes so that you’ll require less energy when you need to use hot water. You can easily do this by using pre-slit foam insulation.
• To maximize the use of appliances that require water such as automatic dishwaters and washing machines, make sure that they are doing a full load. If you are in the market for a new unit, make sure that you look for an Energy Star model because these units use at least 35% less water and energy for each load. Frontload clothes washers also require less water than other models.
• If you choosing plants for your lawn, choose drought-resistant varieties that can thrive with less water. Native plants, Mediterranean grass and certain types of flowers will do well with just a little water. You can also group your plants according to how much water they need so that you can adjust your watering style and make the most of the runoff from other areas.
• Make use of mulch around your plants and trees. This will slow down the evaporation of water and minimize the growth of weeds since they cover the surface. Adding compost to this layer will further enhance the soil’s capacity to retain moisture. Just remember to pat down the mulch that’s immediately around the plant or tree to create a depressed area to catch the water and prevent it from running off.
• There is an optimal time to water your plants. The early parts of the day when the sun has not fully risen or in the early evening when the temperature has cooled down a bit are the best times to water your plants. The plants will benefit from it by retaining water better.
By doing these simple measures, the members of your family will develop habits that will benefit the environment. In time, it will be second nature to them to conserve water and save one of the earth’s valuable resources.