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5 Ways to Increase Water Efficiency At Home

Make the most of every drop with these tips


Given that a huge part of our hard-earned salary goes to monthly bills, we’re always on the lookout for ways on how to save on cash and lower down these expenses. Aside from making sure that we turn off and unplug appliances when they are not in use, it would help a lot if we start cultivating habits that help conserve water, too.

Build a better home and begin a new journey with these reminders from interior designer Michelle Dumlao-Pastoral:

1. Build an underground water cistern for rainwater.

If you're in the process of constructing or renovating your dream home, discuss the possibilities of having an underground cistern with your architect. The collected water can be used for watering plants, cleaning the car, and even the garage. Since it can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, make sure you also study and analyze how best to maintain it to keep the home clean and safe.

2. Start your own hydroponic garden.

Whether you have a big house or a compact unit, a hydroponic garden is a smart choice if you want to care for a few plants. It's pesticide-free and consumes less water compared to other gardens.

READ: 4 Things You Need to Grow Your Own Hydroponic Garden

3. Complete your bathroom with new toilet fixtures.

According to Michelle, newer models help you conserve water. "Old models use up to 3.5 gallons of water per flush, while newer lavatories consume just 1.6 gallons per flush. Choose a dual-flush toilet which has two buttons that control the amount of water needed to properly clean the toilet," she explains.

4. Hand wash your clothes, if possible.

If you're washing only a few pieces of clothing and other delicate items, it's best to hand wash these instead of using the washing machine. For those who wash clothes per batch, Michelle suggests to use the machine for a full load of laundry to maximize water and energy consumption.

READ: 5 Ways to Lower Household Expenses

5. Save water when washing dishes.

Do you often leave the faucet dripping when washing dishes? Some of you might be familiar with this practice—especially if you're trying to remove gunk and grease from plates and pans. To help you save on water and effort, Michelle suggests soaking the dishes and utensils in a container filled with water first. This helps soften the grime and make scrubbing easier. "Just turn on the faucet when you are ready to soap them individually," the designer says.

PHOTOS (in order): Pinterest | Anderson + Grant | Phillip Merritt via Flickr | Style at Home | Barlow Reid.

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