Clever Household Hacks to Save Water in Your Home and Garden

These are troubling times for the world in general. And in terms of natural disasters, it's even more so, with back-to-back hurricanes plaguing Florida, Texas, and the Caribbean; earthquakes shaking up Mexico, and heat waves causing wildfires and straining electricity grids in California recently. What is the cause of these extreme events? Could climate change be causing all of this?

Whether you believe in climate change or not, it cannot be disputed that there is a need to conserve our natural resources, especially water. Water is not an infinite resource. We do not have limitless amounts of it, and until our scientists can come up with a way to create water from scratch, we have to be conscientious with how we use it.

As the saying goes, change starts within ourselves; and if we expect to create a big impact on the environment, we must all start within our own households. The following are some ways you can conserve water both in your home and in your garden:

In Your Home

  • Turn off faucets when they are not in use. This is an advice that has probably been handed down to you by your parents and to them by their parents before them. Well, it's time to take this advice seriously because it turns out you can save an immense amount of water by doing something as simple as turning off the faucet for a minute or two while you brush your teeth. The average tap releases approximately two gallons of water each minute; if you brush twice each day for two minutes each time, you would already be able to save up to eight gallons of water. Multiply that amount by the number of people in your household and you'd have saved an incredible quantity of water. And that's just for brushing. Imagine how much more you'd save if you start doing this for all your other personal hygiene routines like shaving and chores like washing the dishes.
  • Fix leaky faucets, sinks, and toilets. This is another obvious tip, but it's also one that's just as important. With a leaking faucet, you can waste up to three thousand gallons per year; two hundred gallons is what you'd waste with a running toilet. The best thing to do in this instance is to call a professional plumber to fix the leaks in your house.
  • When washing your produce, you're better off rinsing them in a tub than letting water from the faucet run over them. You can even use the said water to flush your toilets. You can do the same thing to the water you use to boil your pasta noodles. It's all about learning how to be more mindful of the water you use in your household and even learning how to recycle it for different purposes.
  • Make it a habit to take more showers than baths. A bath can consume about seventy gallons of water, while a quick five-minute shower uses about fifteen gallons on average. Obviously, in terms of water conservation, a shower would be the more practical choice. However, this doesn't mean you can't take an indulgent bath every now and then; but you do have to be mindful.

In Your Garden

  • There is such a thing as proper timing even when it comes to watering your garden. The best time to do this chore is early in the morning or late in the afternoon when the sun is already setting and the temperature is getting cooler. This way, your plants get all the moisture and nutrients they need to grow. If you choose to water a lot later in the day, when the sun is high up in the sky, all that watering would be useless because it would just evaporate in the extreme heat.
  • Aside from the right time, there is also the right amount of water to consider. This quantity would depend on several factors like the type of soil and the kinds of plants you have. For instance, light sandy soils require a lot more water than heavy soils. Also, some plants need less water in order to grow compared to others. A cactus is just one popular example; other examples are palms, lavender, verbena, and mimosa. Do some research on the different types of soils and plants and what kind of watering they would require.
  • Start collecting rainwater. Rain is a free natural resource that most of us take for granted. If you started harvesting rainwater in quality containers provided by Rain Water Tanks, you would save about twenty-four thousand litres of rain per year. That is water you can use to water your garden on days when it doesn't rain or when there's a drought. Not only will you save on your monthly water bills but you'll also help out the environment.

Water is a precious resource, and each of us should do all we can to help conserve it. The world's future generations can be impacted by the decisions we make today, and thus, it's crucial that we take responsible and informed steps at saving our planet as early as now.

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