A lot of time and water is spent in the bathroom. Your mornings are spent there, you go in and out throughout the day and you usually end up there at night before you go to bed. You can be eco-friendly and save a dollar or two with some simple water-saving practices.
Save in the Sink
You brush your teeth, floss, style your hair, wash your hands, shave and wash your face all at the bathroom sink. That’s a lot of time spent in the bathroom, potentially using gallons and gallons of water. Here’s how to save a little H2O in the sink:
- Don’t let the water run.
- Consider using makeup removal wipes prior to washing your face or as a replacement for washing your face.
- Wipe out the sink prior to rinsing it out. It can take a half-gallon of water to thoroughly rinse the sink.
- Check the pipes and faucet. Even a little drip or leak can add up to gallons over time, not to mention the possibilities of mold and mildew.
- Purchase water saving low-flow faucets.
- Turn the water off.
Save with the Toilet
We all know what the toilet is used for (reading), but there are some ways to save water you may not have thought of:
- Purchase a newer toilet or a low-flow toilet to save significantly on gallons flushed per use.
- Check for leaks that can add up over time and make sure your toilet doesn’t continue to run for long periods of time after flushing.
- Put a plastic water bottle filled with water in your toilet tank, this will reduce the amount of water that is flushed.
- Don’t throw away tissues in the toilet. Using a waste basket can save a lot of flushes.
- Reduce the amount of toilet paper you use to save on number of flushes needed and on toilet overflows.
Save water in the Bathtub and Shower
The bathtub or shower can be a place of relaxation and peace, but too much time spent in there can waste water and money. Here are some ways to save on water in the bathtub and shower:
- Plug the bathtub before filling, so water isn’t wasted down the drain.
- Turn the water off while you shampoo and condition your hair, or while shaving.
- Purchase a water saving nozzle.
- Check your shower regularly for leaks that could potentially waste gallons of water every day if they are left unfixed.
- Take a shower instead of a bath.
- Put a bucket in the shower while the water is heating up and use it to water plants.
- Time your showers and try to find ways to reduce the time you spend showering.
- Re-use your towels to save on water used in the laundry.
- Consider how often you wash your hair, or if you wash your hair every time you shower, think of ways to reduce the time spent.
- One drip every second equals five gallons per day.
- Turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth or washing your face can save up to four gallons per minute.
- Federally mandated low-flow showerheads, faucets and toilets started to become popular in 1994.
- 10 gallons of an individual’s water use per day is lost to leaks.
- It takes up to 70 gallons of water to fill a bathtub.
Usage of excess water in the bathroom can greatly affect your water bills and the environment. Consider following some of these useful tips to make simple yet effective improvements for you and for Mother Earth.
When she isn’t showing off her DIY knowledge to help friends out, Amanda Peters is working on projects around her house and writing on topics ranging from home style and décor to do-it-yourself repairs and plumbing advice.