We are currently in a climate emergency, and everyone needs to do their part. The government announced their plan to reduce carbon emissions at the COP26 summit in October 2021. It’s our turn to make a few changes that will help the environment. There are plenty of ways to lower your carbon footprint and switch up your lifestyle. You could diminish your meat consumption, refrain from fast-fashion brands or reduce your water consumption.
How to Save Water at Home
Here are a few ways you can save water at home.
1Check your toilet for leaks
There is nothing worse than a leaky toilet. No one wants to find water leaking from the base of their toilet first thing in the morning. You can fix a leak easily and affordably. Your toilet may be loosely attached, or there may be a faulty seal. If the tank or bowl or loose, try to tighten the bolts to improve the attachment. You may need to get a professional if the bolts have rusted over time. You will need to remove the toilet and clean the flange for a faulty seal. You can replace the wax seal with an improved one. Similarly, if you find your shower is leaking – you can use shower sealant to stop the leak.
2Put a plastic bottle in your toilet tank
You can lower your water consumption and make your toilet smell amazing with a plastic water bottle. Put a bottle with half fabric softener and half water into the toilet cistern. Pierce a few holes into the lid and flush the toilet. A wonderful smell will fill the toilet and your bathroom. Add a few heavy items, like rocks, to the bottle to help the bottle stay in place. This trick will also help reduce the amount of water per flush – win, win!
3Turn the water off
We need water for everyday household chores. Try to turn it off when you’re brushing your teeth, shaving, doing the dishes and conditioning your hair. You can save a lot of water once you get into the habit of shutting the tap off. You could also take shorter showers or switch to eco mode to lessen the water pressure.
4Use the dishwasher for full loads only
There’s no need to use the dishwasher when it’s half full. Try to use the dishwasher when it’s full to the top so you can get the most out of your water consumption. Hand wash the dishes if you don’t have enough to fill the dishwasher.
5Don’t use the automatic setting on your washing machine
Every washing machine has presets for different materials. However, an automatic washer uses 30 to 35 gallons per cycle. Save the automatic setting for full loads only, and tailor the settings to your individual loads.
Make some small lifestyle changes this year to reduce the amount of water you use every day. Over time, you will become accustomed to save water and minimize your carbon footprint.