15 “How To” Tips To Conserving Water
There are numerous ways to save on water whether it’s in your home, in the workplace, or while out and about. In doing so, you are helping the environment by preserving an essential, yet scarce resource. Plus, who doesn’t want to save on their monthly water bill? It all starts with YOU, so use it wisely.
We’ll start you off with just a few of the many ways to preserve water:
1. Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
2. Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
3. For cold drinks keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.
4. Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.
5. Water only when necessary. More plants die from over-watering than from under-watering.
6. Turn off the water while you shave and save up to 300 gallons a month.
7. When you have ice left in your cup from a take-out restaurant, don’t throw it in the trash, dump it on a plant.
8. When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
9. Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
10. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk and save water every time.
11. Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak. Fixing it can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
12. Collect water from your roof to water your garden.
13. Don’t use running water to thaw food. Defrost food in the refrigerator for water efficiency and food safety.
14. Encourage your school system and local government to develop and promote water conservation among children and adults.
And our favorite…
15. Purchase a reusable water bottle to refill throughout the day rather than buying multiple bottles of water. It takes 1.85 gallons of water to simply manufacture the plastic water bottle.