Many people know the importance of water, but they still use more water than they need at home. While it may be available in abundance in well-managed cities, water is a scarce resource that needs to be conserved. As the effects of global warming become more apparent, people from around the world may start experiencing water shortage issues. The fact that the global population is increasing exponentially should make water conservation an important issue for every consumer.

The following are tips for saving water at home:

Kitchen

A lot of water is normally used in the kitchen to wash fruits and vegetables, cooking and dish-washing. The kitchen is the one place you can deliberately choose to use less water whether it’s in food preparation or washing dishes. The following are some water-saving tips you may want to consider:

  1. Use less dish-washing liquid as this will reduce the amount of water you need to rinse the dishes
  2. Do not run water on in the sink to thaw frozen foods such as frozen meat; this should be done in the microwave or inside the fridge with appropriate temperature settings
  3. Do not drain used water in the sink when there might be another use for it, such as watering plants in the garden or cleaning something else
  4. When rinsing dishes, run water into the sink then close the tap before you start rinsing the dishes; you will use less water than rinsing dishes under a running tap
  5. Never wash fruits and veggies under a running tap; you should instead fill the sink halfway to wash these food items
saving water at home - kitchen sink

Reduce the flow rate of your faucet and turn off tap whenever possible especially if not in use.

Bathroom

Warm baths and showers are always enjoyable. That is why people normally spend a lot of time in the shower. However, this can increase your water bill significantly. To save water in the bathroom, you may want to consider the following tips:

  1. Install a low-flow shower head (it has many small holes that release less water without affecting the quality of the shower)
  2. Install AAA-rated toilets, which use two-thirds less water than normal toilets
  3. Do not flush the toilet unnecessarily
  4. Fix water leaks in the flushing unit promptly
  5. Turn off the shower to lather-up when you shower
saving water at home - sprinkler

Save gallons of water by using sprinkler for your landscape.

Garden

Plants need a lot of water to grow. If you have ornamental plants, potted plants and a lush green lawn in your garden, you must irrigate them on a daily basis. Some people have installed automatic sprinklers to help them with lawn irrigation while others have hired a landscaping company to do this for them. Whatever the case, there are measures you can take to save water in the garden. They include:

  1. Redirect gray-water from the kitchen sink, bathroom and other sinks around the house to the garden (not including the toilet and urinals)
  2. Water the garden early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid water losses through evaporation
  3. Plant drought-tolerant garden plants and grass varieties to reduce water consumption
  4. Collect and store rainwater in a tank for use in the garden
  5. Do not water the garden too often