May 23, 2016 Green Living Written by Guest Contributor
Ways To Reduce Water Usage In Homes
When it comes to sustainable living,

one of the best methods of encouraging these practices is to introduce features that offer value. While eco-conscious people already use greener methods to conserve water, there are many that aren’t knowledgeable of these options.

Yet there are many people who will adopt these environmentally friendly options, if given the right reasons. Increasing water rates and bills cause people to look for more valuable options. Installing the right green water features will be a big appeal for new homebuyers, or might even convince existing home owners to invest in their own.

By improving the property value, these methods can be seen as valuable investments for both their financial and environmental advantages.

Reusing water

When it comes to other areas of life, recycling is already a common part of day to day duties. Yet this view hasn’t been so readily applied to water.

Why send water down the drain after you’ve only used it once? Used water from both the bath and the sinks can be sent to the toilet. Here, it can provide ‘free’ flushes and there are actually a number of home technologies, such as bath diverters and dual flush toilets, that can be readily installed.

Again, this offers the benefit of financial savings and a sheer environmental benefit. By re-using water, homes can effectively cut down on how much they consume in the first place. It’s possible to replace entire processes, such as the toilet, with re-usable water in this regard.

Efficient water equipment

Water efficiency is something many people are looking towards; as wasted water often means wasted money.

There are many areas of the home where this happens, often due to old or outdated technology. You can easily improve this aspect through the use of modern technology such as a simple pump.

Similarly, people are already choosing showers over baths, as the former offers a quicker method of washing and uses less water. Of course, this can be improved by a more efficient shower pump.

Combined with a low flow shower head, such a pump should stop water from being so easily wasted. Of course, a new shower or bathroom is also appealing for many homeowners, allowing for a desired home upgrade that still offers green benefits.

This pump can also be paired with an efficient boiler, as quite a lot of water can be used up in the process of heating. If you consider how many homes there are in any given area, and how much water is used up per shower, or every time the boiler is turned on, a lot of resources could be saved with more efficient home appliances.

Introduce steam cleaning

Many commercial and industrial operations use steam cleaning, but the water-conservative method hasn’t seen a strong adoption in homes yet. Steam cleaning equipment allows people to use steam – or water pressure – to clean various surfaces and materials.

This doesn’t just conserve water; it also doesn’t cause mould or a build-up of mildew in the home. It’s also a chemical free way of cleaning, reducing the home’s reliance on chemical-heavy pollutants.

This is a one-time investment that stands to benefit entire families and can even be taken with them from home to home – perfect for encouraging a greener lifestyle.

Unlike the other options here, this appliance can be taken to new homes, so it’s use can be encouraged against a broader number of people, not just owners looking for permanent, stationary investments.

Harnessing rainwater

Another possible way to encourage greener water usage is to encourage the harvesting of rainwater as a free, natural resource. This can be achieved in a number of ways, with rainwater tank pumps being one of the most simplest to install and use.

Rainwater can cover a wide area of home uses, including some tasks steam cleaning can’t accomplish. It’s great for gardens, window cleaning and dishwashing, for instance.

The tank or advanced drainage represents an easy way for homeowners to reduce their water reliance and intake. Furthermore, installing a filter can even allow water to be consumed, almost cutting home reliance from taps entirely.

Improved pipes

Water infrastructure so rarely gets inspected, few people realise how much water is lost before it even enters the home. A small leak won’t cut the water off, which is why it often goes unnoticed, but it does waste water constantly.

This is something that can be improved with general awareness. Hiring professionals to survey pipes, for instance, can easily identify these faults. When repaired or, in some cases, replaced with new and improved pipes, this is something that only benefits the home. By not wasting as much money every time the tap is turned on, the home’s water demands are greatly reduced.

While these 5 tips offer great ways to create a greener home and less water-consuming habits, they also have the benefit of adding to the property’s value, or lowering bills. This will help appeal to less environmentally aware owners, offering additional benefits to incentivise the uptake in greener living.


This is a guest post written by Tim Sparke.

Tim SparkeTim Sparke is the CEO at 4 Pumps and for several years, he has been an active advocate of organic farming and sustainability. Asides being a specialist of water pumps, he also has a passion for writing and he writes the blog at 4 Pumps.