When you start saving water, you’re not only helping the Earth, you’re saving money too.
But, can you think of 3, 4 or even 5 ways to save water?
Read on to see if you’re taking advantage of all the ways you could be saving water – and money!
5 Ways to Save Water
Following these five steps will give you a more eco-friendly home without having to make too much effort.
Most of them are pretty easy.
1. Check Your Bathroom Habits
Do you keep the tap running when you wash your hands or brush your teeth?
If so, you could be losing a couple of gallons of water every minute!
And did you know that showers are the third biggest guzzlers of water in the home?
If you’re showering every day, consider skipping one just one day per week. And, perhaps you can think about shortening the time you spend in the shower too?
The average 8-minute shower can use anywhere from 62 to 136 liters of water. That’s a lot of wasted water going down the drain while you daydream.
2. Save Water in the Kitchen
But what about your water usage?
If you have a dishwasher, be sure that you’re only running it when it’s full. A small load will use the same amount of water as a full load, so it’s not efficient.
And if you don’t have a dishwasher, consider filling up your sink with soapy water. You can use that water to hand wash rather than letting water run while you scrub.
You can also reuse pasta cooking liquid. Rather than dumping it down the drain, put a colander over a big pot and keep it. Once it cools, you can use it to water your plants!
3. Notice Your Outdoor Water Usage
While you’re out there watering your perennials with that reserve pasta water, take a look at your lawn. Are you using a lot of water to keep it green?
One way to reduce your water usage here is to either shrink your lawn, or get rid of it altogether. Choose a xeriscaped landscape that uses ground cover, succulents, and other plants that thrive in dry conditions.
You can also install a rain barrel to harvest rainwater for your plants.
4. Stay Pro-Active
Research and choose efficient fixtures.
Invest in a low-flow toilet. Opt for a Water Sense rated dishwasher or washing machine. Aerate your faucets.
Plus, pay close attention to your bill. If it spikes suddenly and you haven’t been using a lot more water, there’s a good chance you have a leak.
Fix those leaks! Whether you can do it yourself or you need to hire a plumber, fixing leaks will save you cash in the long run.
5. Use Less Electricity
Of the 5 ways to save water, this one is just a good idea across the board.
But in terms of saving water, power plants require thousands of gallons of water to cool them. So the less electricity you use, the less water will be required to cool those plants.
So those are five ways you can start conserving water for your eco-friendly home. And remember to keep coming back for new and updated tips on going green!