Before you can even start planning to have your own garden at home you will need to consider some basic essentials. A healthy garden must include nutrient-rich soil and fertilizers, the right amount of space depending on garden size, sunlight, patience and an abundant supply of water. Introducing eco-friendly systems and water-saving bathroom essentials will allow you to save water to maintain your garden and even save you money in the long run.
One of the first changes you can make to your bathroom is to invest in a tankless water heater. These heaters normally work with eco-friendly burners with recycled gas, they are highly efficient and provide a continuous flow of hot water. Estimates show that you can save up to 1,100 gallons of water per year which could easily supplement your garden. Expect to save up to $1,100 over the course of 12 years.
There are other ways to save water in your household, with a particular emphasis on your bathroom. Eco-friendly showers are designed to ensure minimal waste and can be set to flow at a maximum of 13 gallons per minute, which is the national standard.
Faucets are now being designed to minimize the flow of water and studies have shown that eco-friendly faucets can help to reduce water usage whilst washing hands by up to 95%. Think about the number of times any family member washes their hands and you can start to calculate savings in water and costs, all to the benefit of your garden and pockets.
Another way to save water in your household is to change the existing toilet handle you have and replace it with a low-flow version which will see you saving up to 6 gallons of water every time you flush. The eco-friendly version will only use up 1.6 gallons for each flush so will save you considerable amounts of water which your garden will thank you for in the long run.
If you are thinking of saving your money and want to know how to change a toilet handle this is what you have to do:
• Turn off the water supply to the toilet. The valve is normally located under or at either side of the toilet.
• Remove the cover and put in a safe place.
• Find the chain which should be attached to the handle and pull it to remove any remaining water.
• Remove the chain from the handle rod. Use a wrench to unfasten the bolt attached to handle by turning clockwise
• At this point, you should be able to remove the handle and replace it with the new one this time turning anti-clockwise.
• Put the lid back in place, turn the valve back on and wait for the water to refill. Tighten the nut with a wrench and you’re good to go.
Now that you have learned how to save water and money with a few minor amendments inside your bathroom it is time to put them into practice so that you can start reaping the benefits and also allow your garden to enjoy the surplus amounts of water you have just saved.