5 Ways to Save Water in the Bathroom
Healthy Family Tips: 5 Ways to Save Water in the Bathroom
Why should you teach your children the importance of saving water? Well, for one it saves money, but it also shows them conservation and how our resources are limited. Since we don’t see the source of the water we use when we turn on the shower or the bathroom sink, it’s easy to forget we can run out of water. Further, it takes a lot of energy and time to purify and administer water. For drought-ridden cities such as Los Angeles, water might be pumped in from hundreds of miles away. When kids understand all that goes into the water that comes out of a faucet, they’ll be more likely to conserve it.
Below are five ways for families to save water in the bathroom.
1. Fix leaky faucets and shower heads
According to Eartheasy, if your faucet is leaking you could be wasting 2,500 gallons of water per year. Shower heads also leak so make sure you check those, too. Want to save more water in the shower? Consider using an attachment that stops the flow of water so it doesn’t run while you’re lathering up with soap. Also, consider using a shower filter to keep your skin from absorbing chlorine – check out Healthy Family Trusted Partner New Wave Enviro’s shower filters. Making sure your faucets and shower heads aren’t leaking will save you money and help save the planet.
2. Use a bath bucket to collect water
What part of the shower wastes the most water? The waiting. That’s right, waiting for your shower to get to a comfortable temperature is a HUGE waste of water. Put it to use by placing a bucket in the shower while you wait. You can use this water in your garden or to water indoor plants.
3. Install a low-flush toilet
Toilets use a lot of water, over a third of the water used in many homes. According to the MWRA, replacing a 3.5-gallon toilet with a low-flush 1.6-gallon model can result in a 54% reduction in toilet water use. Another major reason to replace a toilet is if the one you’re using has a leak. Toilet leaks can waste more water than faucet leaks and will give you a good reason to replace it with a low-flush toilet.
4. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth
We know what you’re thinking, “who still leaves the water on while they brush?” This is a lesson for parents to teach their kids, who might not know better. Not only will you save hundreds of gallons of water a year but you’ll give kids a task they can practice and be proud of doing.
5. Take shorter showers
For many, showers are me time. It’s a chance to get away from computers, phones, and people and just relax. We don’t want to take that away from you, but please keep in mind you use 2.5 gallons of water per minute. Cutting your shower time in half saves a lot of water; it can even be fun if you keep track of your times and try to break personal records.