We use water every day for bathing, washing, cleaning, and cooking. Reducing your water consumption will not only lower your utility bill, but it will also help conserve a valuable natural resource. Save water at home by following these tips.

1. Save Water at Home by Turning the Water Off

Turning the water off when washing your hands, brushing your teeth, and shaving helps to conserve many gallons of water per week. Only run the tap when necessary, to wet your toothbrush or rinse your hands. Turn the water off to brush your teeth and to lather your skin. Rinse under the tap when ready. Save water while shaving by filling the sink basin with water so that the faucet is not running the entire time.

2. Take Shorter Showers

Use a timer when you shower to determine the length of your average shower. Make a goal to reduce your shower by one or two minutes. Shorter showers save gallons of water every month. You can also install a water-saving showerhead to further reduce consumption while maintaining good water pressure.

3. Fill the Kitchen Sink to Wash Dishes

Running the faucet while washing dishes is a huge waste of water. Fill one side of your sink with soapy water for washing and the other side with plain water for rinsing.

4. To Save Water, Only Run Full Loads

Wait until you have a full load in the dishwasher or the clothes washing machine. Smaller loads use the same amount of water. You’ll save on your water and power bills by only using the machines when they’re full.

5. Use the Garden Hose Instead of Sprinklers

Using a sprinkler system to water the garden or the lawn wastes gallons of water. Instead, use your garden hose to directly water the soil around your flowers and vegetables. You will lose less water to evaporation and you’ll deliver water directly to the roots of your plants.

Guardian Home Inspection Services offers home inspections and water testing in Southwest Michigan. Contact us to schedule an appointment.