Even though we have been taking flowing water for granted for quite a while now, there are people who try and keep their water usage to a minimum. While you could potentially argue that the overall quantity of water is not diminished even if we are wasteful, you might be forgetting that processing that water for use by people costs energy, which is just one of the reasons to try and keep water consumption to a bare minimum. While kitchen habits and appliances also come heavily into play when we talk about water usage, this article is going to focus on ways to reduce the amount of water that is being wasted in your bathroom.
There are two ways to use less water, modify your bathroom, and modify your habits. Since the latter requires less investment, we’ll start with that one.
While you might like relaxing for hours on end in your bathtub, filling it up with water and maintaining its temperature throughout your bath is incredibly wasteful. Taking short showers is much more environmentally friendly, and it gets you just as clean. If you really want to preserve water, you might even want to consider getting wet, turning the water off, then slowly soaping up and turning the water on again to rinse.
The same goes for brushing your teeth. There is absolutely no justifiable reason to leave the water on while you’re brushing.
Finally, another habit that you can develop, that is not exactly too popular with most people, but does have its fervent advocates is to stop flushing after urinating, and reserve the water for when you really have to flush. While this would help, even the more eco conscious among us will not criticize you if you’re reluctant to adapt to this change.
Modifying your Fixtures
Another way to go about water preservation is to modify your bathroom accessories and fixtures, or replace them with more efficient ones.
For one, you can choose to change your old toilet with a dual flush or a low flow one. Dual flush toilets allow you to use greatly reduced quantities of water after urinating, and reserve the heavier flow for the more demanding tasks, which in the long run, results in significant savings. Some people prefer the low flow toilets, however, they do come with a drawback. While they will be quite effective most of the times, you will occasionally have to flush twice in order to get everything to wash away, which could end up wasting more water than simply sticking with your old toilet.
Installing faucet aerators is another way to significantly reduce the amount of water that gets wasted. This will provide you with a nice pressure and flow, with lower amounts of water than you would otherwise spend.
Finally, if you are ready for a heavier investment, you should consider buying a washing machine that comes with a label denoting that the appliance is eco friendly and uses lower amounts of water. Such appliances are also capable of saving you some money on electricity, so they might be a worthwhile investment, even if they don’t seem as such when you first consider them.