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:
- Imagine saving 25 gallons of water just from turning the tap off while brushing your teeth
- Or better yet brush your teeth in the shower.
- 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.
- Why not shorten your shower by a minute or two. You can save up to 150 gallons per month.
- Shower in teams! Yes, that's right. Shower with your kids and/or significant others. Could make for a fun morning or night.
- Rain water is great for watering shrubs and plants. So why not collect it before it runs off into the ground.
- Turn off the water while you shave and save up to 300 gallons a month.
- Turn off the water while you wash your hair to save up to 150 gallons a month.
- When you are washing your hands, try not to let the water run while you lather.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Try the no flush after pee method and put your tissue in the garbage which will save water.
- Install water-saving aerators on all of your faucets.
- Wash your fruit and veggies in a bowl full of water instead of letting the water run.
- Try to use your garbage disposal less frequently. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save water every time.
- Try not to thaw food by running water, simply put it in the fridge and you will save lots of water.
- Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
- 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