by RancherMan ~
Today we’re talking about conservation of one of our most precious resources: water. Now we all know about the old “turn off the water when brushing your teeth” rule, but there are so many more ways that I can’t name them all here.
We have an earlier post on this blog about outdoor water conservation that I urge all of you to check out. It is eye opening. But today we’re talking about conserving water inside the house.
Leaking Toilet Wastes Water
Toilets are notorious for stealing water. Here’s how you check – put a couple drops of food coloring in the tank and check in half an hour.
If there’s color in the bowl then your *flapper is leaking. It’s a $5 fix that can pay for itself in a couple months.
Also walk around the outside of your house and look for your water heater’s pressure relief valve drain. If water is running out of it something is wrong, have it checked.
One thing that’s really simple is to check and make sure you have low-flow aerators on all your faucets and shower heads. Also if it drips fix it, you’re wasting water by the minute.
Lawn Sprinklers On ‘Automatic’
Sprinkler systems are a great way to keep your yard looking good. But they are one of the biggest wastes of water in the residential home. Get to know how your system works.
If you don’t have one already, get a *Rain Sensor for your system. This keeps your system from running when it’s raining (when you obviously don’t need it.)
Many of these monitors also have freeze sensors to keep you from turning your sidewalk into the local skating rink.
Most importantly, keep a check on the heads. One bad head can waste hundreds of gallons per cycle.
So here’s a run down of the average usage around our house. (Granted there are just 2 of us but we work here 24/7 so we’re here a lot more than the average household.)
Electricity = $75 a month average.
Propane = less than one refill a year.
Water = less than 2,000 gallons a month.
Now let’s hear about your conservation ideas…
Links In This Post
- Outdoor Water Conservation
- *Leaking Toilet Flapper Wastes LOTS Of Water
- *Rain Sensor For Automatic Lawn Sprinkler Systems
Other Frugal Tips
- When Financial Times Turn Tough Unexpectedly
- Conserving Electricity
- Outside Water Conservation
- 3 Rainwater Catchment Systems We Use
- Build Financial Security With Less Effort
- A Financial Hit On The Homestead
- Thriving Financially Without A Corporate Paycheck
- Make Your Slow Cooker More Efficient
- Is Food Past The Expiration Date Safe To Eat?
- Make A Cute Gift Box With A Repurposed Greeting Card
- MYO Minty Mouthwash
- Repurposing Empty Coffee Canisters
- Keep That Broccoli Fresh
- Don’t Waste Onion Trimmings
- Cleaner Vegetable Chopping
- Using Frozen Water Bottles In The Kitchen
- Don’t Waste It – Free Vegetable Broth
- Make A Cute Dish Carrier From Old Jeans
- MYO Crispy Taco Shells CHEAP
- Paper Napkins In A Paperless Kitchen
- Use ALL Of Your Spray Cleaner
- Quick Coffee Stain Cleaning
…and many MORE!
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