By Chris Dato • September 29, 2014
Being a resident of Southern California, water conservation is becoming an increasingly important topic. This is because California is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts in its history, and they are doing their best to make sure each citizen understands just how big an impact they can have. There are some tips that are no-brainers: fix leaky faucets, don’t water your lawn during the day, only run full loads in the laundry machine and dishwasher, etc. However, I thought it would be valuable to go over some lesser-known ways to conserve water.
The first water wasting culprit we are going to look at is your toilet. Did you know it takes between 5 and 7 gallons of water for a toilet to flush? To be clear, I am not suggesting an end to flushing. But think about just how much water is being used the next time you use your loo as a trash receptacle, and instead just toss your dirty Q-tips in the trash can. This is a good habit to have to save water, plus Q-tips are one of the leading causes of clogged toilets.
Another way to cut down on your commode’s water use is by using float booster. Although you can find inexpensive float boosters at places like The Home Depot, that might not be necessary, as it is very easy to make your own. Fill the bottom eighth of two empty water bottles with sand, then the rest with water. Drop these two homemade float boosters into the tank of the toilet, and allow the weight of the sand to sink them to the bottom, away from the plunging mechanism. This will help reduce the gallons of water used per flush, without affecting the toilets performance.
Your shower also presents a bevy of opportunities to conserve water. The most obvious of these is to limit the length of your shower. Aside from that, installing a water efficient shower head, like this Delta 1-spray from The Home Depot, is very easy and cut down on your showers water use. According to this article by The Sacramento Bee, a low-flow shower head uses a half gallon of water less per minute. Especially if you have a tendency towards excessively long showers like me, this will dramatically cut down your water use.
Despite common misconception, Baths typically use more water than a shower. If you are unwilling to give up your afternoon bath relaxation session, remember not to overfill the tub or let the water run. And of course, check out these clever tips on other ways to cut down the cost of your bubble bath.
Chris Dato A Southern California kid born and raised, Chris is happiest with sunglasses on his face and sand under his back. Although a self-proclaimed master money saver, he prefers the term 'responsibly frugal' to 'cheap.'