9 Ways To Save Water In Your Bathroom

September 23, 2009

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Why should we be concerned about saving water?

According to experts, the global demand for water has tripled over the last 50 years.  Population increase is part of this, and some of it is due to the demands industry makes. It takes a lot of water to make everything else that is produced and sold.

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This fact, coupled with the fact that water tables are falling, means the hard truth is we’re in danger of eventually running dangerously low on fresh water.

There are simple ways for each of us to conserve the water we use and to be conscious of how much we use.  Not only does this help the overall problem but it also saves a few dollars on the water bill each month.

These little things can make a big difference.

Here are nine ways you can save water in your bathroom.

1. Install an aerator. Aerators are small ridiculously inexpensive devices that you can install in your faucets and showerheads yourself. They restrict the flow of water but not the water pressure, so you use half the water you normally would. Most showerheads, for example, use 5-10 gallons per minute while a low flow showerhead or one with an aerator will drop that number down to 2/5 gallons per minute. That’s a significant savings!

2. Place a timer in the shower. This is great for children and adults who can seem to get lost daydreaming in the shower. Place a timer in the shower to make everyone more aware of their water consumption. You can purchase shower timers with suction cups on the back so they stick right on the shower wall and let you know when your five or ten minutes are almost up.

3. Mark your shower faucets. Many people need to wait for the shower water to heat up but every minute the shower is running is water down the drain, 5-10 gallons of water down the drain. One way to stop this waste is to set the faucets to the perfect shower temperature, then mark them with red fingernail polish. This way you won’t waste water fiddling with them in an attempt to reach that perfect temperature.

4. Don’t run water needlessly. It should go without saying, but leaving the water faucet running while you’re brushing your teeth and washing your face is wasteful. Turn the water off when you’re not using it. Teach your kids the little Sesame Street song about “never letting the water run” as a reminder.

Brushing my teeth and having so much fun, but I never let the water run. No, no, no. I never let the water run.”

5. Invest in high efficiency toilets. If you’re in the market for a new toilet, consider one of those wonderful high efficiency toilets. There are many variations available. Some are low flow toilets, which save an average of 25 gallons of water each day. There are also gravity toilets, pressure assist toilets, and those handy toilets that let you decide what type of flush you need, ahem…#1 or #2. At any rate, low flow, efficiency toilets, are a great way to save water in your bathroom.

6. Maintain faucets and plumbing. Keep plumbing from leaking with good maintenance. Faucets, toilets and even showerheads are not made of kryptonite; they break down and their components break down. Those little dents, cracks, and misaligned seals cause leaks and you’d be surprised how much water you can waste in a day with a leaky faucet or toilet. One faucet dripping twice a minute in your home adds up to 69 gallons of wasted water each day.

7. If purchasing a new toilet isn’t in your future, consider placing weights in the tank of your toilet. You can make home-made weights with an inch of sand in a plastic water bottle filled with water, or you can purchase float boosters. This method is said to save more than ten gallons of water each day.

8. Use a bucket. It’s easy enough to place a bucket in the shower with you. Use it for watering plants, dump it in the toilet for your next flush, or in the washing machine when you do your next load.

And here’s one last tip:

9. Bathe together. While I’ve never heard anyone say “the family that bathes together stays together”, why not try it? Babies, toddlers and youngsters who are still ok with it can bathe with mom or dad. Preschoolers can bathe together. It’s usually fine until the child is around 6 or 7 and expresses a need for privacy. And as for husbands and wives… well, why not conserve water and enjoy a built in backscrubber?

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2 Responses to “9 Ways To Save Water In Your Bathroom”

  1. Carina on September 23rd, 2009 4:23 pm

    I just came across this great fundraiser for schools, churches and other communities.
    The website is raisewhileyousave.com and they offer different products to help families save on their water and energy bills as well as giving $5.00 back on each kit sold.
    This will help collect money for schools etc. as well as save the planet.

  2. Carina on September 23rd, 2009 4:27 pm

    Has anybody yet seen this new fundraising program called, Raise While You Save? I looked at it earlier, it’s really simple for schools and communities to help raise money for much needed projects — but at the same time they are helping save energy and put money back into families pockets during this economic crunch. The great thing is, NO ONE has to go door to door selling items that families no longer want. All they need to do is click on the website, search for the school or community program they wish to help, and they can buy energy saving kits which helps the fundraiser and themselves. To check out more visit: http://www.raisewhileyousave.com

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