Water is truly liquid gold. Everyone needs it, everyone wants it, and everyone wastes too much of it. So how can we do a better job preserving it?
If you’re someone who is looking to cut back on water consumption for the betterment of planet Earth, or just wants to save money on their next water bill, then please pay very close attention. Luckily, there are actually quite a few ways for you to cut back on water consumption.
The good news?
These are all going to be DIY tips, so you won’t have to worry about breaking open your wallet in the process. Having a green home doesn’t have to be expensive, and you shouldn’t have to suffer financially for having a green home.
Plus, believe it or not, conserving water will help you save a pretty penny from the water company.
So let’s dive right in, and take a look at 3 awesome DIY tricks you can use to start conserving water as soon as you finish this article.
For all you shower lovers out there, try insulating your hot water piping
This might seem like a real head-scratcher, but all you need in order to do this on your own is some foam or rubber insulation. Once you expose the pipe, just make sure you wrap the foam around it tightly. This material will stick easily and is actually pretty cheap to purchase at your local hardware store.
This may sound super simple, and pretty useless, so what’s the point?
Look, at the end of the day, nobody’s shower is pumping out instant hot water. This is especially true if you’ll be the first person using it. It can take several minutes to finally get your shower up to that cozy temperature you’re looking for.
Do you know what’s happening with every second you wait?
While you’re running that cold water, it is flying down your drain. You’re literally using gallons of water every day just to get to your hot water.
Not good right?
Using this method of insulation on your hot water pipes is great because it will allow those pipes to actually heat up much quicker. Now, the results won’t be instant, but every drop of water counts when it comes to water conservation right?
So the next time you stand there waiting for your shower to warm up, think about how much water it will take you to get there. Is it worth it?
Nobody wants to take a cold shower, so if you’re serious about conserving water, do yourself a favor and insulate the piping.
Utilizing an aerator
This is by far the easiest way to conserve water. You’ll find that they’re inexpensive to purchase, easy to find, and get the job done very well.
Now you might be thinking to yourself: doesn’t my faucet already have an aerator?
While most modern faucets do utilize aerators, it doesn’t mean they’re the most effective ones you can have. Most of them come with a standard 2.2 gallon per minute base setting.
If you think that sounds like a lot, you’re absolutely right, because you can do much better than that.
Depending on the aerator you choose, you can actually bring that number down into the decimal range.
.5 gallons per minute sounds much better than over 2 gallons per minute right?
If you want to save money on your water bill or help save the environment, using an aerator might be the best way for you to do it. If anything, it’s a great start.
Plus, believe it or not, an aerator is extremely easy to use and install. You won’t need to scramble to find additional parts, you won’t need a hammer, and most of the time it takes less than 5 minutes to install.
How is that for an awesome DIY trick?
Make sure you have a nozzle on your garden hose
It’s that time of year again. The sun starts to heat up, and your lawn is starting to come out of hibernation from a long winter. The warm sun and fresh smell of spring has you ready to turn that hose back on.
Believe it or not, this is when your water is at the most risk of being wasted. Here’s why:
Hoses are extremely inefficient when it comes to water conservation. Have you ever looked at the way water comes out of a hose? It literally pours out like a waterfall, and will not stop until it is turned off.
Kind of like a sink right?
This is why it is absolutely crucial that you put a nozzle on your hose. A nozzle on your hose will literally change your life. Not only will you save money on your water bill, but you’ll be able to use your hose more effectively.
Instead of jamming your finger over the end to make it spray, the nozzle has multiple settings you can use to change the flow of water.
You’ll be able to shoot out water like a jet, and really get the dirt off your car. Plus, when it comes time to water the lawn, most nozzles have a shower mode for easy water distribution.
Pretty cool right?
A nozzle is also good for one more reason. The actual conservation part is the ability for you to turn the water off without turning the water off.
You’re probably scratching your head but bare with us for a second.
When you don’t need to use the water, simply don’t pull the trigger on the nozzle. This will stop water from flowing out of the hose and will save you quite a bit of cash over time. Just make sure you have a solid connection to avoid leaks.
A healthier Earth and a healthier wallet, it’s a double win, right?
We know you’ve been there. Hovering over your water bill cursing the water gods for making that precious clear liquid so expensive.
Regardless of why you’re looking to conserve on water, these simple DIY tricks will definitely get the job done. You’ll never have to worry about wasting obnoxious amounts of water again, and while these tricks aren’t a full solution, it is a great start.
Conserving water is crucial for the environment and your wallet. If you really want to make a difference, you’ll be pleased to know that these 3 DIY tips are guaranteed to help.