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20 ways to conserve water

I always try to conserve as much water as possible during any given day. Some days, it can easier than others, but I figure every bit helps. Don’t get me wrong, some of the items on the list will be a challenge, yes even for me, while others are an everyday occurrence.

20 ways to help reduce your water consumption:

  1. Imagine saving 25 gallons of water just from turning the tap off while brushing your teeth
  2. Or better yet brush your teeth in the shower.
  3. How about investing in a water-efficient shower head. They are inexpensive, easy to install, and can save you up to 750 gallons a month.
  4. Why not shorten your shower by a minute or two. You can save up to 150 gallons per month.
  5. Shower in teams! Yes, that’s right. Shower with your kids and/or significant others. Could make for a fun morning or night.
  6. Rain water is great for watering shrubs and plants. So why not collect it before it runs off into the ground.
  7. Turn off the water while you shave and save up to 300 gallons a month.
  8. Turn off the water while you wash your hair to save up to 150 gallons a month.
  9. When you are washing your hands, try not to let the water run while you lather.
  10. I always try to have designated a glass for my drinking water everyday or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses I need to wash.
  11. Instead of letting the water run to get some cold refreshing water, how about filling a pitcher of water and putting it in the fridge. This way, every drop goes down your throat and not the drain.
  12. This happens to me all the time: I drop ice cubes on the floor. Instead of throwing them down the sink, drop them in a house plant.
  13. Try the no flush after pee method and put your tissue in the garbage which will save water.
  14. Install water-saving aerators on all of your faucets.
  15. Wash your fruit and veggies in a bowl full of water instead of letting the water run.
  16. Try to use your garbage disposal less frequently. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save water every time.
  17. Try not to thaw food by running water, simply put it in the fridge and you will save lots of water.
  18. Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
  19. Use only as much water as you need. For example, don’t fill your sink with water for a few dishes or don’t fill your pot with water if you don’t need that much for boiling your pasta.

Finally, number 20: Try any or all of these tips. Conserving water starts with you and me!

Source: Water Use It Wisely