One thing that almost every parent who has children who are in school today will notice rather quickly is that caring for the environment has become a much more important topic in school than it ever was before. Now children are learning all about how to save electricity and how to make sure that they conserve water. But while young children are learning all about why it is important to conserve water, many adults do not realize why that is important, and they also do not know any of the best tips that exist to help them to conserve water easily.
Why Conserve Water?
The first question then becomes: why conserve water? If you look at our planet from space you will notice quickly that a vast majority of it is covered by water. The water that covers the earth, however, is not water that can be used easily. This is because salt water will kill most plants, and it will also actually encourage dehydration. It can only be used after it has been thoroughly treated to remove all of the salt. But this process is not only a long one, and also a fairly expensive one, which is why it is so vital to conserve water. Only three percent of water on the earth is fresh water, and of that only one percent is easily available. The other two percent is locked away in glaciers and ice caps. When you pollute water, you are quickly destroying your only water supply, which is why conserving water is so important. The more we conserve it, the more fresh water we will have to be able to drink but also the more fresh water we will have for recreational activities. But since conserving water can be tricky, here are a few water conservation tips that are easy to do and that can help you to do your part in saving the environment.
Tip 1: Check Your Pipes and Faucets
Did you know that a small drip in a faucet or in a pipe can actually waste around 20 gallons of water a year? And that is only a small leak. Larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons of water. If you have a small leak it can not only cause problems with wasting water, it can also cause you to have to deal with problems like mold. It is a good idea to check all of your faucets and exposed pipes at least twice a year. You can even make a game of it with your children! This will help you to find any problems when they first occur, so that you can take care of them just as quickly.
Tip 2: Water Saving Items
The government even realizes that it’s important to conserve water, and that is one reason why things like low-flow shower heads have become so affordable. You can find low-flow shower heads and faucets available at most hardware stores and they are very easy to install. You can also fit every household faucet with an aerator to help conserve water as well.
Tip 3: Only Use Full Loads
Dishwashers and washing machines make life much easier for us now a days, but they’re not great on saving water. If you want to use a dishwasher or you wash your clothes in an automatic washing machine, make sure that you only use the machine when it has reached a full load. Avoid the press cycle on your clothing washer, as this can use an additional 5 gallons of water, and if you have an old washer, replace it with an energy saver version.
Conserving water is not difficult, and the best tip that you can ever take seriously is to educate yourself. The more you are educated, the more likely you will be to be able to conserve water, which will not only help the environment but may also help you to save money as well.