Congratulations! You've finally finished your undergraduate degree and moved into your first apartment. When you get your first water bill, you realize you might need to make some changes. Almost half of the water used in your apartment comes from your bathroom, making it a prime choice to be the focus of your attention. Unfortunately, many of the recommendations for saving water also require purchasing new equipment, which your landlord probably wouldn't approve. Below are four ways you can save money and the environment without spending a penny.
Only Flush When Necessary
Nearly 27% of the water usage in your home comes from your toilet. Since the average person flushes a toilet five times per day, this is a great place to reduce the amount of water you use. Although it may seem disgusting, not flushing after urinating can add up to drastic savings over the course of a year. If the sight of yellow water bothers you, just put down the lid between uses.
Reuse that Old Water Bottle
Part of the water use from your toilet comes from keeping the tank full. You can displace some of the water in your tank by weighing down an old water bottle with sand, rocks or a small amount of water. This will trick your tank into thinking that it is fuller than it is, essentially converting any toilet into a low-flow toilet. The average person can save 10 gallons of water per day doing this, which adds up over the course of a year, especially when combined with the last tip.
Be Smart About Warming Up the Water
You probably wait for the water to warm up before taking a shower or bath. Instead of letting that water drain, put a bucket under the faucet while it warms up. Then, use the water to fill your toilet tank or pour it in your washing machine. The average person wastes 6.9 gallons per day waiting for the water to get hot. Ending this habit can create significant savings on your water bill.
Take Shorter Showers
Baths are relaxing, but they add up to a lot of water use. A full bathtub requires 70 gallons of water, whereas a short shower only uses around 25. Since showers account for about 18% of daily water use, it's easy to see how taking showers can save a lot of water. Keeping those showers short can save even more.
Saving water does more than lower your expenses—it also helps save the environment. Following the above tips can save you quite a bit of money over the course of the year, which is more money that you can use getting your life started in your new apartment. For more information, contact a local plumber (such as The Pleasant Plumber).
Many people think that a plumber is there to be called to unclog toilets and drain pipes, but they don't understand that there are a number of other tasks that a plumber can do around the home. As the wife of a plumber, I know very well how much my husband does when he is out working. He comes home and tells me his fun stories about the superhero that was flushed down the toilet or the hot water heater that nearly exploded. My blog is filled with all sorts of tips, stories and information that can help you get a better idea of everything that a plumber can do for you.