The fact that 71% of the Earth is covered in water can make us confused as to why we should conserve it. Since water is all around us, it can be difficult to notice the danger of letting it run. Well, 97% of all the water on the earth is not suitable for drinking, since it contains high levels of salt. Only 3% of the water on Earth is fresh, of which only 1% is actually available for drinking. If these statistic facts gave you anxiety, you can rest assured knowing that there is plenty you can do to help.
Since we do most of the washing in our bathrooms, it is understandable how they are the source of water wasting. We compiled a list of ways you can change your bathroom routine in order to reduce the wasting of water. Whether you are looking for easy ways to enter the eco-friendly lifestyle or advice on how to fight the deep-routed water wasting problem, applying any of the changes from the list above will surely have a positive change on our planet.
Here are some easy ways you can help save water in your bathroom:
- Don’t run water while washing your hands. Wet hands, apply the soap on your hands then turn water off while you lather soap-turn the water back on to rinse. It will make your hands equally clean without wasting water.
- Install a WaterSense® certified bathroom faucet. These faucets use a maximum of 1.5 gallons per minute. Opting for this type of faucet will make it easier for you to help save water, as it will automatically reduce the flow. You won’t have to rely on your memory and leave post-it reminders all over the house. You can just install a WaterSense faucet and commit to an eco-friendly lifestyle.
- Fix leaky faucets or toilets. Did you know that an average household wastes more than 10,000 gallons of water per year? Nationwide, 1 trillion gallons of water is wasted annually. The leading causes of household wasting of water are running toilets and dripping faucets. (Source: https://www.epa.gov/watersense/fix-leak-week )
- Exchange drawing bubble baths for showering. By taking a bath you are wasting twice as much water than if you would waste by taking a shower ( source: http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought/article2591077.html ). If you would still like to treat yourself to a bubble bath once in a while, you can try washing your socks or dishcloths in the water before draining the bath.
- While we’re on the subject of baths… If you decide to take a bath, don’t fill your bathtub to the top. Usually, people will let the water running, come back in 10 minutes and realize that they overfilled their bathtub. You can fill ⅓ of the tub, add a bubble bar and enjoy your bubble bath without wasting as much water as you normally do
- Don’t let the water run while brushing your teeth. By turning off the water while brushing your teeth you can save 8 gallons of water per day. (Source: https://www.epa.gov/watersense/statistics-and-facts )
- Gather water in the sink and use it to rinse out your razor when shaving, instead of letting the water run. You can save 10 gallons of water per shave by making this small change in your morning routine.
- Add a ShowerStart™ system to your shower to prevent wasting water while waiting for it to become warm. It will allow you to save water and keep your normal shower routine. If this option is too expensive for you, you can capture the wasted water in a bucket and use it to water the plants in your garden.
- Install a steam shower. They use the power of steam to make you clean. Steaming for 20 minutes uses up only 2 gallons of water. Steam showers are very healthy for your skin and sinuses and they’re eco-friendly, as well! (source: https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/steam-shower-how-it-works )
- Hang your towels and let them dry instead of washing them after every use. Towels can be used multiple times before washing. Re-using the towels will decrease the amount of laundry you’ll have to do, save you money on electrical bills and save water!
- Install a low-flush toilet. Did you know that nearly 30% of all water usage in the home is being used by toilets? Toilets are a big water-wasting source since we tend to postpone fixing leaks when they don’t bother us. If you don’t have the money to invest in a low-flush toilet, you can place a bottle in your tank that will be a little shorter than the top float level. Once it fills up, it will take up space and reduce the amount of water you’re wasting when flushing.
- Install a dual-flush toilet. Instead of wasting water every time you flush, you can decide on how much water you’ll need and be more conscious about how much you’re flushing.
- Do not use the toilet as a trash can. Flush the toilet only when you’re disposing of sanitary waste.
- Don’t flush unnecessarily. If you flush every time you throw a piece of paper tissue in the toilet, you are wasting more water than you are aware of. Unless the toilet has been used for its purpose, there is no need to flush it.
- Take shorter showers. Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to get out of the shower. Also, if you listen to music while showering, it is easy to lose track of time. Instead, track how much time you’ve spent in the shower by limiting yourself to 2 of your favorite songs.
- Opt for a rainwater tank. Rainwater is very healthy for your hair and skin and won’t leave hard water stains in your toilet bowl. Have this tank internally plumbed to your toilet and start your eco-friendly life!
- Check if your hot water system is set to high. When the water is too hot, we tend to use cold water to reduce the temperature, which leads to unnecessary wasting of water.
18: If you are really serious about saving water take the leap and convert your bathroom to use a composting toilet, although it sounds yucky-they really have gotten much better in the past few years and contrary to popular belief can be used without being smelly. In part, the tiny house trend and back to the land movements to live off the traditional grid have increased demand and quality of toilets on the market now.
As you can see, there are a lot of ways to commit to an eco-friendly lifestyle by saving water. Most of the options from the list above don’t require a lot of money or time. Making these changes in your life will decrease wasting of water and save you money on water bills.