Even though there are programs and events held every year to educate people about the serious nature of water conservation, it is another issue that many deem “someone else’s problem.” If we continue to do nothing, eventually we may find ourselves under strict government mandates. The good news is many of the ways to save water are small and have little impact on your day-to-day schedule.
As an added bonus, you can save money as you save water! Many townships bill by the gallon. Many water-saving appliances also save energy.
25 Ways to Save Water
1. Turn off water while brushing your teeth or washing your hands. Only open it to rinse.
2. Replace your toilet with a dual-flush model.
3. Buy efficient dishwashers and washing machines.
4. Collect rainwater in barrels for gardening.
5. Mulching around plants and trees will lessen the need for watering.
6. Install a high-pressure nozzle on hoses to conserve water.
7. Check all faucets and pipes for leaks. A small drip can waste 20 gallons of water per day.
8. Install low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators.
9. Turn off the shower while washing your hair and body. This can save 2.5 to ten gallons of water per minute!
10. Rinse your razor in a few inches of water in the sink rather than running the water for each rinse.
11. Wash only full loads or adjust your water level accordingly. You should also avoid the permanent press setting which adds an additional, and often unnecessary, rinse cycle.
12. Give up the garbage disposal and start composting.
13. Keep a bottle of water in the fridge to eliminate the “cooling down” period when grabbing a glass of water from the sink.
14. Allow your lawn to go dormant during a drought. This is completely safe with most types of grass. It takes a lot of water to keep lawns green.
15. If you do feel the need to water, don’t water your house, the street or your sidewalks. Adjust your sprinklers.
16. Sweep sidewalks and driveways rather than using a hose.
17. Cover your pool or hot tub to prevent evaporation.
18. Use water from fish tanks to water your plants. It is nutrient-rich.
19. Find a commercial car wash that recycles water for bathing your vehicles.
20. A small pool is far more water-friendly than a slip-n-slide or sprinkler.
21. An instant water heater not only reduces energy costs, it also reduces water usage.
22. Insulate pipes and winterize outdoor spigots to prevent bursting and water loss.
23. Enlist your employer, community and schools in your water conservation efforts.
24. Wash your pets or cars on the lawn to get double-duty from your water usage. Water the lawn while you wash.
25. Speaking of pets – when refilling their bowls, water your plants rather than dumping old water down the drain.
How are you practicing home water conservation?