We use water to do so many things each day that we probably don’t even think about it when we brush our teeth, flush the toilet, water the plants, and rinse off fruits, meats, and vegetables for our meals. Just stop and think about what a big contribution you could make toward water conservation if you started saving water each time you turned on that faucet.
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By making some simple changes at home, you can begin saving water and money on your water bill and also help prevent water shortages.
1. Plug Up the Sink
To wash dishes, fill your sink with clean, soapy water, and then give them a quick rinse. You’ll save water by not running the faucet the whole time.
2. Update Your Bathroom
Invest in low-flow toilets and showerheads. They’re typically not expensive and offer huge value, both in water conservation efforts and in what you pay for water — you’ll use significantly less.
3. Use Appliances Sparingly
Don’t do a load of laundry for two or three shirts. Instead, wait until you have a full load to run those appliances.
4. Take A Shorter Shower
That doesn’t mean don’t bathe — just opt for a shower that saves water instead. When you need to scrub the kids in the tub before bed, turn bath time into playtime and water conservation time by letting the kids take a bath together.
5. Store Cold Water
Think of how much water you waste every time you let the faucet run until the water gets as cold as you want it. Fix that problem by filling a jug or pitcher of water and keeping it in the refrigerator. You can also wash your clothes in cold water. With 90 percent of your washer’s electricity use going to heating water, you’ll save by using cold water. While many still believe warm water is better, the fact is, using cold water to wash your clothes can help them look better and last longer as it minimizes shrinkage and fading.
6. Rethink Your Gardening
Use plants that don’t require a lot of watering, and protect soil from drying out with a thick layer of mulch. When you do water your plants, make sure it’s at the coolest time of day and not in the hot, bright sun. Install a hose nozzle that shuts itself off so it doesn’t waste water.
7. Choose Efficient Appliances
Ready to upgrade your washing machine or dishwasher? Look for energy-efficient appliances that conserve water by using less than older appliances do.
8. Plug The Leak
This is one of the biggest water conservation changes you can make. Fix any leaky faucet or pipe, dripping spigot, or running toilet and you can reduce your water usage by as much as 10 percent.
9. Make Water Conservation a Family Affair
The fact is that we need more water every year than we can find. Teach your children and other family members the importance of saving water and how easy it is to do. They’ll grow up learning to be thoughtful about how much water they use every day. Even the smallest members of the household can have a big impact on how much water you use. Have everyone in the family working on water conservation by adopting these habits:
- Take a quick shower instead of a leisurely one.
- Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth instead of letting the water run.
- Give the water a rest when washing hands; turn it on only to wet and rinse.
- Don’t fill the tub to the top when you want to relax with a soak.
If You Save Water, Water Will Save You!