Green Tip - 10 Things YOU Can Do To Save Water
January 28, 2009 by Gwen
An available water supply is something that most of us take for granted. Yet, water ebbs and flows with the seasons. As the earth warms under the summer sun, certain areas experience droughts and restricted water usage. This proves that water is not really limitless but a finite commodity.
Exhausting our fresh water supply is no longer a far off worry but a real possibility for our children’s future. However, there are simple things that we can do now to conserve our water and help keep our planet greener:
- Turn off the water when you aren’t using it. Running water while you brush your teeth or shave is literally letting your water go down the drain.
- Keep cold drinking water in the fridge. Running the tap to let your water get cold is a terrible use of fresh drinking water.
- Take shorter showers. An average 5 minute shower uses between 15 - 25 gallons . A 2 ½ minute shower would cut that number in half. If you prefer baths, then fill the bathtub half as full as you normally would.
- Wash vegetables in a small bowl of water instead of under running water. This goes the same for your car. A bucket and a sponge will save gallons of water compared to a running hose.
- Only run the washing machine and dishwasher when you have full loads.
- Replace your current showerhead with a low-flow one to reduce your water consumption by 50 to 70%. Using less hot water also reduces the amount of energy needed to heat up the water.
- Buy a low-flow toilet. Regular toilets use about 3.5 gallons of water per flush while low-flow models use a maximum of 1.6 gallons of water.
- Fix leaking faucets and toilets right away. Even small drips can add up to thousands of gallons of water wasted.
- Don’t flush garbage down the toilet. Proper disposal is better for your toilet and saves water.
- Collect rainwater. Use this water for your garden and lawn. Or don’t water your lawn at all; grass goes “dormant” in extended dry periods and will return to normal after a few good rains.