If you want to do more to conserve water, you’re not the only one. Lately, more individuals are concerned about ensuring future generations have access to clean drinking water – and for a good reason. Globally, fresh drinking water is surprisingly low – just around 3% of all the water on Earth is freshwater, and of that, 2.5% is locked in ice caps, the atmosphere, or deep underground. This makes only 0.5% available for drinking. Water conservation is a fundamental component of being a conscientious citizen of the world. And the excellent news is that there are a lot of basic things you can do to conserve water each day, even if you rent your Fells Point home. Here are a couple of tips to begin.
Turn Off the Taps
Probably the best technique to conserve water is to reduce how much water goes down the drain. For instance, you can save a lot of water by simply turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth, soaping up in the shower, or washing dishes. By consuming only as much water as you need, you can save hundreds of gallons of water each year.
Run Your Dishwasher
Even if it sounds wrong, washing dishes by hand uses a lot more water than operating your dishwasher. This is particularly true if you own a water-conserving dishwasher model. According to some estimates, you can cut your water consumption in half and save almost 5,000 gallons of water a year just by using an efficient dishwasher to clean your dishes.
Wash Full Loads
You can save water by operating your washing machine a little more strategically when it comes to laundry. To give an instance, only do laundry when you have enough to do a full load. This saves both water and energy. Otherwise, if you have a big budget, choose a high-efficiency washing machine that will automatically adjust water levels to the amount of laundry in each load.
Opt for Water-Saving Fixtures
Another excellent idea to conserve water is to provide capital for water-saving fixtures, especially showerheads and sink faucets. Low-flow showerheads can save approximately five to ten gallons per minute, which adds up in due course! Furthermore, if your bathroom faucets don’t already have one, start installing an aerator. This will help maintain water pressure while reducing the water you consume whenever you turn on the tap. It is necessary to get your landlord’s approval before performing any permanent plumbing improvements.
Keep Cooled Water in the Fridge
Aside from letting the tap water run until it’s cold enough to drink, think about placing a jug or pitcher of water in your refrigerator as an option. This can help prevent wasted water and you can have a cold drink of water right away.
Check for Leaks
If it’s been a while since you or your landlord has checked your home’s plumbing for leaks, you should include it on your to-do list. Plumbing leaks, including small ones, can waste big amounts of water in the future. They also generate water damage in hidden places that can eventually give rise to big repair problems. You can perform a visual check around faucets, toilets, and under sink cabinets. However, to be completely sure that you don’t have a hidden leak somewhere, request your landlord to contact a plumbing professional for a full inspection. At last, being proactive with plumbing maintenance will save both water and money!
Carrying out small steps like these is an ideal way to conserve water. But if you’re ready for a Fells Point rental home that is considering water conservation, take a look at our current listings or give Real Property Management Metro a call!
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