Water is becoming scarcer and more expensive thanks to forest fires and drought, and the result is that most residents of San Jose, CA, are paying a lot more for water.
This is why it is necessary to conserve water as well as learn how to recycle greywater. This is the only way to preserve what little water is left as well as lower the cost of your energy and water bills. Here are some ways that you can save California’s water reserves as well as save money.
Forsake Baths for Showers
Unless you can manage to bathe in an inch or two of water, you are much better off financially if you take a brief shower, rather than a long hot soak.
This is because filling a bathtub even halfway requires at least 30 gallons of water. Instead, try to have a shower that is less than eight minutes long, which requires using only 15 gallons of water.
Recycle Greywater In Your Garden
Greywater is what’s left over after you do the dishes, laundry or take a bath and it can be recycled and used to water your lawn or garden.
If you use natural cleaning products to clean your carpets and floors, then the leftover water in the bucket can also be used as greywater. If the water has a lot of chemicals, salt or bleach in it, avoid using it to water any plants.
Collected rainwater can be used to water your garden, wash your bike or fill up a birdbath. It can also be used to wash bikes, BBQs and other large items and then recycled again as greywater and poured into your garden. However, rainwater is not recommended for doing laundry or cooking as it could be tainted with chemicals or fibers from air pollution.
Drop the Garden Hose And Take The Car to the Car Wash
Washing your car with the water from your home’s outdoor faucet is the least economical way to wash your car. This is because hundreds of gallons of water need to be used to wash and rinse a vehicle.
Instead, take the vehicle to the locally automated drive-thru car wash and spend pennies instead of dollars on keeping it looking shiny and pristine.
Have Your Plumbing Inspected for Leaks
If you have taken measures to cut your water consumption but are still looking at a high water bill, then you might want to have a professional inspect your plumbing system to make sure that your pipes aren’t sweating or bleeding droplets of water.
If you smell mildew or mold, then it can mean that you have a persistent leak. Condensation that collects on the walls of your basement is also an indication that you might have leaking pipes. This is an issue that you should take care of immediately to avoid the distressing of the walls and foundation of your home and to prevent high water bills.