Water Conservation Tips
There are hundreds of ways to conserve water. As we’ve mentioned in other posts, every little thing you can do to conserve your natural resources will make a difference. It’s all about having a big picture mentality. When people envision themselves cutting back or changing their ways, they imagine it being more difficult than it will be. Consider the following water conservation tips to get you started on more eco-friendly routines:
In the Kitchen
Believe it or not, dishwashers are more efficient when it comes to washing dishes than the sink is. These days with Energy Star and the like- these machines are designed to use less water and energy. Nevertheless, avoid running it when it’s not filled.
If you don’t own a dishwasher, you can conserve water by not leaving the faucet running. Make use of both sides of the sink, filling one side with soap water and the other for rinsing.
Collect the water you use to rinse fruits and vegetables and use it to water your house plants!
Soak pots and pans instead of trying to scrub them with running water.
Even keeping a pitcher of drinking water in the fridge will help ensure every drop gets drunk!
For the Bathroom
Set a timer to 5 minutes for your showers- it may not sound like it but that’s plenty of time! Doing so will save 1,000 gallons of water per month.
Test your toilet once a year to see if there are leaks. Simply put food coloring in the tank and watch to see if it comes into the bowl. As soon as you fix it you’ll save gallons and gallons of water.
Avoid baths as possible- some tubs take up to 70 gallons of water when full! That’s a lot of water!
Not everyone enjoys this motto but it is effective- “If it’s yellow, let it mellow…”
Did you know one second of dripping water amounts to five gallons a day? Check faucets and showerheads for any leaks.
Be observant! If you’re in a position where you cannot fix a leak you notice- reach out to someone who can- Whether it be at a friends house or in a school or business.
Play games and give rewards to your children/family as they learn and demonstrate their own water conservation efforts. Make it fun!
Monitor your water bill to make sure you are up to speed with your consumption trends. Make it a goal to see all the numbers go down while not compromising your wellbeing.
Consider speaking with the people you work with to see if you can put together company incentives to limit water waste.
Encourage your local community, schools and government to support, educate and practice water conscious routines.
We will have many more water conservation tips for you over the coming weeks, stay tuned! Do not let these changes intimidate you, they’re easier to implement than you think. Like anything worth doing, it just takes time to get adjusted. It’s amazing how a little goes such a long way when it comes to living more green. Soon you won’t remember it ever being any other way!