Water is the essence of life. It is what makes up most of our body and our planet. In fact, it is one of the primary reasons our planet can support and sustain life. As such, it is our duty to conserve as much water as possible. In doing so, we not only save the planet, but money as well. Here is a look at some great water conservation strategies that can be implemented both at home and work.
Tighten Leaky Taps, Pipes and Faucets
Leaking taps and pipes are one of the primary reasons for higher than average water bills. In fact, according to online statistics, you could lose almost $10 a month just from one leaky tap that drips 3 times a second, or $8 for 1 drip every second. Considering that most people have more than 1 leaky tap in their home, you are looking at an average of $25-50 wasted.
If you want to save the planet and your money, tighten every pipe, tap and faucet in your home. If you can’t, hire a professional to do so.
Switch to a Sprinkler
Created in the 1950s, sprinklers are interesting devices that not only ensure proper water usage but sufficient and automatic watering. Interestingly, 33% of your water consumption is attributed to your lawn. Installing a sprinkler can reduce water bills by up to 50%. Best of all, your grass will be greener than ever.
Install a Dishwasher
One of the biggest uses of water in the average office and home is to wash the dishes. Most people usually wash the dishes after every meal by hand. While this is good practice, it may just be costing your more than you think. According to a research study, the average person uses almost 3 gallons of water to wash their dishes. Efficient dishwashers use 0.59 gallons of water to wash the same amount of dishes. Not only does this save you water, it saves the planet as well.
Not only is water a precious and limited resource and it is therefore important to not only use it wisely, but recycle it when you can. For example, if you have an evaporative cooler, drain the water out into your plants. In the office, rather than turning the bathroom tap on at full blast, turn it on a little and only use as much as needed. This can reduce your water bill by up to 40%.
If you have a swimming pool, recycle the water rather than waste it. In fact, the average 5,000 gallon pool costs $80-100 to fill with water. Rather of throwing the water away after summer, use chemicals to bring the water to acceptable pH and chemical levels. Then, use the water to wash the car, water the plants, etc.
If you want to save the planet and your own money, you need to use water wisely. Additionally, always recycle water wherever you can.
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