Conserving Water In Your Bathroom

Environmental conservation is all the rage as more and more people are becoming energy conscious in effort to save money and help protect the environment. Water conservation is an extremely important part of environmental conservation, especially if you are in a high-drought area such as the dry western states. One of the safest and easiest ways to start conserving water is right in your own bathroom. There are a number of ways that you can easily start to conserve water.

Retool Your Toilet

Depending on how many people use your toilet per day, it can be one of the biggest water wasters. Alleviate your toilet's water usage by making sure you have a low-flow toilet, as older models can use up to 7 gallons of water per flush, compared to low-flows that typically take an average of 1.6 gallons for a full flush. This water usage especially adds up if you have a large amount of people sharing one bathroom.

You can also reduce water usage by placing bricks, or taking an empty plastic bottle such as a large water bottle, filling it up, and keeping it in the tank to reduce the amount of water used for every flush. You may also be dealing with toilet leaks, which waste countless gallons of water. Toilet leaks can be difficult to detect, but for a surefire way to find out if your toilet is leaking try putting food coloring or a bright colored dye into the tank to check. If you see any of the coloring running into the bowl area instead of remaining in the tank, you know you need to call plumbing services to stop your leaky toilet.

Check Your Shower

Similarly to toilets, standard shower heads can be replaced with conservation friendly low flow shower heads. This won't save you as much water as a low-flow toilet, typically a difference of 2.5 gallons per minute, but it's easily worth the small up-front cost especially if you are prone to taking long showers.

Sinks and Plumbing

More opportunities for saving water exist in your sinks and your actual plumbing. Low-flow faucet aerators will allow you to drop your sink's water usage down to about 1.5 gallons per minute. One of the most commonly ignored issues which leads to big time water loss is leaky faucets. Even a subtle drip can really add up over time, you can waste more than 20 gallons of water per day in some cases.

It is easy to detect small leaks around the base of the faucet or a drip from the spout. However, you should also regularly check underneath the sink itself, while the water is running, to detect any leaks from the piping underneath the sink. You can also check to see if areas under your sink are damp, as they should be completely dry.

Instill New Habits

Not the easiest way to save water, but packed with the potential, is to train yourself to work in the bathroom a little bit differently. Start with how you bathe. Do you regularly take baths every week? Cut those down to a once a month treat. Don't let your morning showers linger on and on until time is completely lost, use a portable music player to help keep track of how long you spend showering by how many songs start and end.

If you like to multitask in the shower by shaving and brushing your teeth in the shower, turn the water during those tasks instead of letting it run whole you don't need it.

You can also use a bucket in the tub for when you first turn on the shower to get the water warm to catch all the wasted water that would normally go down the drain, and then re-purpose that water for watering plants or cleaning. You should also never waste toilet water by disposing of items in the toilet, which could easily be thrown in the garbage can.

Water conservation may seem like a pain at first, but over time as you get acclimated to your new habits and invest in things like low flow fixtures, you'll see your water bill go down and your environment will be grateful for your conservation efforts.