The Earth’s surface is 71 percent water- with a mass covering of this caliber, it can be easy to assume that the natural resource is in abundance by mistake. However, a closer look at this statistic will reveal that 97 percent of this water is not suitable for drinking. As reported by the U.S Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, only 3 percent of freshwater resources would be available for consumption. Even then, only 0.5 percent is ready for consumption. The additional 2.5 percent is untappable due to being encased in ice caps or deeply polluted.
With the human population growing at a steady rate within the past decade, it becomes increasingly necessary to conserve water. Water conservation does not mean going without water. Rather, it means utilizing the small water supply available as wisely as possible. If you’re still not convinced, educate yourself on the benefits of going green with your water and ways in which you can make the switch to a more sustainable lifestyle.
You’ll reduce water waste
Although the most obvious reason, its vitality in supporting lives warrants a section dedicated to the practice of active water conservation. Being mindful about the water you use in a given day can bring about a tremendous peace of mind knowing that you’re positively impacting a precious resource. Currently, the average American uses 88 gallons of water per day. Making eco-friendly lifestyle changes and home upgrades can help reduce household water usage by 30 percent!
Practice mindfulness when turning on your faucet. If you’re brushing your teeth or washing your face, turn on the water to wet your brush or washcloth before turning it off. Only turn it back on to rinse! When washing dishes, fill a small bowl of water and dish soap rather than keeping the water running as you rinse, clean, and dry. If you’re looking to make an even bigger impact on your personal water conservation, consider making water friendly upgrades. Smaller updates such as low flow toilets and showerheads can save you up to 50 percent on household water waste- especially considering 27 percent of a home’s water use comes from flushing the toilet!
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You’ll save on your next energy bill
Larger upgrades to your home’s water use can additionally save money in addition to water. Updating your water heater to a tankless version will relieve your home from having to waste significant energy in order to provide hot water. Although tankless water heaters are more expensive than traditional models, hiring a local plumber to install one is an investment that will pay for itself in the long run. Going tankless will save you up to 40 percent on your energy bill!
You’ll feel good knowing that an upgrade of this caliber is benefiting the environment without your needing to actively do anything. As you save energy, spend more time making additional eco-friendly choices with your water- like going plastic free when drinking water or repurposing rainwater for your yard’s irrigation.
You’ll increase the value of your home
When matched against homes without eco-friendly upgrades, appraisers found that home buyers were willing to pay more for sustainable homes. In fact, it was found that those in the market for a new home were willing to pay anywhere between $10,343 and $53,000 for houses with sustainable features. As society becomes more environmentally conscious and “going green” quickly elevates its status as a trend to a movement, more home buyers are going to naturally gravitate to sustainable homes.
Upgrading your plumbing to be more environmentally conscious is a win-win. Even if you’re not currently in the market to sell your home, you’ll still be able to benefit from the increase in home value while enjoying the luxuries of a progressive, green lifestyle.
You’ll have happier skin
Taking great care in providing your home with clean water can have tremendous benefits for your skin health. Skin is at its happiest when its pH levels are 4.7. If you have hard water comprised of higher pH levels or, conversely, soft water with very low levels, your skin will be more prone to conditions such as acne, eczema, or flare-ups of psoriasis. Installing a home filter system will remove excess chlorine, magnesium, and calcium from your water supply, providing your skin with purified water to minimize pH imbalance. Additionally using hard, unfiltered water can increase asthma and allergies, causing redness and sinus irritation.
You’ll save your local landfill from plastic
Going with a filtration system will also minimize your contribution to local landfills. Most people who are trying to minimize their contact with or ingestion of unfiltered water will rely on purchased water, which increases the amount of plastic used (and thrown away). More than eight out of every ten water bottles end up in landfills or exist as public litter. Purchasing a sustainable glass bottle and filling it with water from your filtration system will drastically reduce the need for the plastic counterpart. If you find yourself in need of water when out and about, purchase a portable filter for the top of your bottle, so you can have purified water regardless of location. Additionally, installing filters in your home’s water supply will save you serious money. People spend from 240 to 10,000 more per gallon of water when they rely on bottled water!
Don’t hesitate to begin living mindfully- although a full lifestyle and home makeover can take significant time, the benefits that going green with your water has on your health and environment will make the switch well worth it.
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