Conserving water is good for the environment and the family budget. To reduce water waste, a variety of free water saving strategies can be easily adopted in any home. And conserving water in the bathroom is especially easy – all it takes is a little thought and some minor habit changes. Here are some simple ways to conserve water in the bathroom.
Ways To Conserve Water In The Bathroom
Create A Water Saving Toilet
For many people, especially renters, replacing an old toilet with a new low capacity or dual flush model is not an option. It is easy to partially recreate the benefits of a new water saving toilet without the expense or hassle of replacing the existing fixture. Simply place a gallon plastic jug filled with water into the tank, positioned so that it does not interfere with any moving parts.
As it is the fall of the water rather than just the volume that ensures an adequate flush, displacing some of the water within the tank will reduce water waste without affecting the function of the toilet. If a gallon jug will not fit, experiment with various sizes of plastic bottles or jugs until the maximum displacement that still allows for an adequate flush is determined.
Save Water While Bathing
Showers usually use less water than taking a bath. Take short showers and have family members do the same. Further conserve water when showering by keeping the water turned down, and always adjust the temperature by turning down the hot water to reach the desired temperature rather than turning up the cold water.
Don’t waste water when you run a bath. Always plug the tub before your turn on the hot water and test the temperature frequently so that you can adjust the water as the tub fills. Only use a few inches of water, if possible, and use the same water to bathe children together or in turn.
Other Water Saving Strategies
Never leave the water running while at the sink. Always turn the water off while brushing teeth or shaving. Give children a stool so that they can easily reach the faucet handles.
Hang towels to dry after use and reuse them between washings. Give each person a specific towel and hang enough hooks or bars in the bathroom to make it easy to hang them after use.
Even small water leaks may add up to gallons of wasted water each day. Check all faucets and water supply lines for drips. Tighten or repair leaky connections. To test for leakage in your toilet tank, add a few drops of liquid food coloring to the water. If there’s color in the bowl within 15 minutes, get a new flapper.
It has been estimated that up to 75% of all indoor water use occurs in the bathroom and that the toilet alone accounts for nearly one-third of the water used in the average home. Make small habit changes and you can conserve water and save money every day.
Crystal Marie lives by the philosophy that needing less rather than earning more is the key to happiness and financial serenity, which allowed her to “retire” from formal employment in health education at the age of 44. She can be found making the most of the second half on her blog, The Best 50 Years.