Water is not quite the renewable resource many people believe it to be. Many nations, including some parts of the United States, are experiencing water shortages which are expected to worsen into the future. If you are looking to save energy in your home, water conservation is one of the best places to begin because when you save water you often save energy as well.
We mostly use water in our homes for bathing, laundry, dish washing, and cooking. Other uses include landscape watering and car washing, to name a few. No matter what uses you have for water, there are ample opportunities to save water. Some of them require special equipment, but most simply require a change in usage habits.
Save Hot Water
In order to achieve double savings from water conservation, focus first on reducing usage of hot water. To do that, consider some of the following:
– Install low-flow shower heads.
– Consider taking showers instead of a bath.
– Make sure the dishwasher is full before use.
– When hand-washing dishes, make sure the water stream is no wider than a pencil.
– Use cold water detergent for laundry.
– Next time you purchase a washing machine, purchase a high efficiency (HE) machine.
– Next time you purchase a dishwasher, make sure it is energy star-rated.
Save Water Overall
Using less cold water won’t provide the same double-savings benefit that hot water does, but there are still several benefits to using less water. First, less water usage overall can help reduce water bills. Secondly, you’ll be doing a great thing for the nation by reducing demand on potable water supplies, which continue to be rapidly depleted.
Another thing to keep in mind is that a large portion of the nation’s energy is used to transport and treat water for drinking. Using less water overall will help reduce strain on the nation’s electrical grid.
If your home uses a well for its water, using less water will not only ensure the longevity of your home’s water supply but will also reduce the amount of electricity used for pumping and the amount of wear and tear the well’s pump will experience.
Here are a few suggestions for saving water:
– Install faucet aerators. For more info, read “Faucet Aerators Save Water”.
– Use moisture sensors and automated controls for landscape watering.
– Use auto-shutoff nozzles on water hoses.
– Fix dripping faucets and leaky pipes immediately.
– Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth.
No matter what you do to save water around the home, you are taking a great first step in saving yourself a bundle of money. The savings you’ll experience could be on both your water bill and your energy bill.
For more information on how to save water and energy, read the article “18 Energy Saving and Water Conservation Tips.”