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You Will Be Surprised By How Much Water You Can Conserve In Your Bathroom

Aug 18, 2008
The summers are getting hotter causing droughts. The sea levels are rising as masses of glaciers melt. Every year, spring comes just a little bit sooner and is causing problems with wildlife and their natural cycles. What is causing this? Could it be what they say it is: this phenomenon called global warming? Or is it a natural cycle that the earth does? Is it the same reason why we had the Ice Age? We are advised to recycle our paper and plastic waste and to buy second-hand items from online classifieds and thrift stores. We are advised to drive gas-efficient vehicles to offset the amount of carbon emissions dispersed into our environment. No matter what the cause of global warming is, it is always wise to take the necessary precautions to limit the damage inflicted on our planet. One of those ways is to conserve water. Reservoirs and our other sources of fresh water are running low. Here are a few tips on how you can do your part to limit water consumption in the bathroom.

Probably one of the most mentioned ways you can save water is by shortening your time in the shower. Some take 15-minute showers, some 30-minute showers. Even worse, there are those who take a whole hour in the shower. The purpose of bathing is to wash away dead skin cells and other toxins off of our body. A 5-minute shower is more than sufficient to get this task done right. If you are unaccustomed to taking short showers, do it in increments. Start by cutting off 5 minutes every few days until you are able to reach the 5 or 10-minute mark. Alternately, if you like soaking in the tub, don't fill the water all the way to the rim. Your whole body can still be fully submerged when the water is filled 1/2 full. Reducing your time in the shower can help save thousands of gallons every year.

Another way to help conserve water is to check for faulty plumbing. If you hear that steady tap-tap-tap from the bathroom sink in the middle of the night, fix it yourself or hire a plumber right away. The same applies to the shower. Even a drop that drips every ten seconds can amount to gallons and gallons of wasted water over time. Fixing those leaky faucets will make an impact on how much water is used and may reflect on your water bill.

Consider installing a low-flow toilet. Research has shown that doing this can save up to $100 per year on water costs. Flush only when needed, obviously right after urination or defecation. Don't flush tissue, toilet paper, insects, and other waste that could otherwise be thrown away in a waste basket.
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