13 Ways to Conserve Water

13 Ways to Conserve Water

Aside from helping the planet in a variety of ways, conserving water helps you save money on your water bill. There’s nothing to be lost from conserving water, so here are 13 ways to save it!

1. TAKE SHORTER SHOWERS

Turn off the water when shaving, or take a bath to shave.

One basic way to save water is to take shorter showers. Try setting shorter and shorter goals for yourself with a timer!

If you shave, consider turning off the water while you shave. At the beginning of your shower, you can collect water in a bowl or cup while washing your hair/body. Then, when shaving turn the water off and use your collected water to clean your razor.

Although bathing is generally less efficient than showering (assuming you have a water-efficient shower head) if you’re planning on taking a long shower considering a bath is a good idea. I prefer to bathe in general, as I find it less stressful on my wrists to shave sitting down and it helps my eczema tremendously. Ultimately, it’s better to take a long bath than a long shower, but better than both to take a short shower

2. USE EXTRA WATER, TO WATER PLANTS, FILL PET BOWLS, RINSE DISHES, ETC.

I’m one of those people who can’t stand lukewarm water. At the end of the day, I like to take all of the half-empty glasses and use them up in the plants and pet bowls. If that isn’t enough, I will pour them over really bad dishes to rinse them. You can also do this with the water from your shower or bath while waiting for it to heat up with a bucket!

3. TURN OFF THE WATER WHEN YOU’RE BRUSHING TEETH

Another basic, but it does make a difference when we all need to brush our teeth so much. Turn off the water while you’re brushing!

4. ONLY RUN FULL DISHWASHER LOADS

Wait until your dishwasher is full to run it, instead of running half-loads, to make the best use of the water used by the dishwasher.

5. WASH YOUR CAR LESS, WHEN YOU DO WASH CHOOSE A CAR WASH WHICH USES RECLAIMED WATER. DON’T WASH YOUR CAR IN THE DRIVEWAY!

Although you should wash your car to prevent damage and improve fuel mileage, waiting a little longer between washes doesn’t hurt. When you do need to wash your car, go to a car wash which uses reclaimed water. Don’t wash your car in your driveway, though.

6. WATER YOUR LAWN LESS

Run some lawn tests to see if you can get away with watering your lawn a little less. You might be surprised!

7. PURCHASE A SHOWER HEAD THAT USES LESS WATER

If your shower head isn’t very efficient, consider swapping for one which uses less water. There’s no need to sacrifice water pressure with some modern models, either!

8. FIX LEAKY FAUCETS OR SHOWER HEADS

Got leaks? Fix them! While it may seem small, those leaks add up the longer you avoid fixing them. Here’s an article from This Old House about how to do just that!

9. FIX TOILET FLAPPERS

A worn toilet flapper can result in water running in your toilet long after you’ve flushed. Fix it to save water! The article above also includes instructions for toilet flappers.

10. INSTALL FAUCET AERATORS

Faucet aerators help your faucets use less water by adding more air to the stream, so you aren’t using more water than you need to.

11. COLLECT RAINWATER – IF LEGAL IN YOUR AREA

If it’s legal in your area, consider collecting rainwater. You can do this with anything from barrels designed for the task to buckets, and use it for lots of water-wasting tasks. Here’s an article from Care2 about what you can use it for!

12. REPLACE LAWN TO SAVE WATER WITH LOCAL PLANTS OR STONE

Although this method is on the costlier end of things, consider replacing your lawn with local plants which can survive in your local climate without so much watering or pavement to save water, as well as time and electricity spent maintaining it!

13. SET UP A GREY-WATER SYSTEM

Another more costly solution is to set up a grey-water system. These use wastewater from your homes–such as from sinks or showers–to water your lawn and plants. This helps reuse water and reduce the chances of grey-water getting into rivers.

Although water can sometimes feel infinite, it’s important to remember that our consumption of it makes a difference as the amount of available drinking water is much smaller than the amount of total water.

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