These are various techniques to reuse water at home and save on your monthly water bill. The more you realize how much water you’re using every day, the more you will surely find creative ways to reuse water. The U.S. Geological Survey says that an average American uses up to 100 gallons of water each day. Here are some tips on how you can recycle water at home:
1. We get impatient waiting for the hot water to reach the tap or shower. As a result, we tend to let the spouts and showers open for long periods to get warm water in our bathrooms. By doing so, we waste cold water by letting it go down the drain. This water can be collected in a bucket or pot and may then be useful for many household purposes.
2. Large quantities of ice are left unused then thrown away. So why not let it melt in a glass or a container? You can save it for later when you need a drink. You can also throw these ice cubes in your garden to provide water for your plants.
3. Don’t throw away used water from your aquarium after cleaning it. Believe it or not, this water is rich in fertilizers and can definitely be used for the plants in your garden. This can help them grow beautifully and will save you money on buying commercial fertilizers.
4. We often get rid of leftover drinking water in jugs, glasses or bottles after it is left there for some time. We consider these as “dirty water” or “exposed water” and thinking that it’s not good to drink it anymore. Instead of throwing this away, we can store it in containers and then use it for washing toilets or watering or gardens. Our young ones can also use this water to clean their scooters or bicycles.
5. When you wash your clothes in your washing machine, Drained water from washing machines after every wash can also be collected. This can be used in washing your car, flushing your toilets and for other household purposes.
6. The majority of rainwater during the rainy season goes to waste. This type of water is purer compared to other sources of water. You can install containers at certain parts of your home to collect it. Rainwater is useful for gardening, cleaning the garage and washing floors.
8. We waste a lot of water when washing fruits and vegetables. Instead of letting it down the drain, you can preserve this water by storing it in containers and saving them for flushing your toilets. You can also use pasta water to water your garden. Just put it in a basin, wait for it to cool then let your plants have it after.
9. It’s ideal to install a Greywater collection system in your home too. It does not cost much and can easily be set up. This will allow you to effectively reuse the water from your washing machine as irrigation to your lawn.