With more and more areas struggling with droughts, conserving water is more important than ever. Even if you're not living in a drought-stricken region, cutting back on water use also means a lower utility bill and helps conserve a precious resource. There are lots of big and small ways that you can do to conserve water around your home. Even a few small changes can add up to hundreds of gallons in water savings each year! Here are a dozen water-saving tips to get you going...
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. Water comes out of the average faucet at 2.5 gallons per minute. Don't let all that water go down the drain while you brush! Turn off the faucet after you wet your brush and leave it off until it's time to rinse.
- Turn off the tap while washing your hands. Do you need the water to run while you're scrubbing your hands? Save a few gallons of water and turn the faucet off after you wet your hands until you need to rinse.
- Fix your leaks. Whether you go DIY or hire a plumber, fixing leaky faucets can mean big water savings.
- Head to the car wash. If you feel compelled to wash your car, take it to a car wash that recycles the water, rather than washing at home with the hose.
- Cut your showers short. Older shower heads can use as much as 5 gallons of water per minute. Speed things up in the shower for some serious water savings.
- Choose efficient fixtures. Aerating your faucets, investing in a low-flow toilet, choosing efficient shower heads, and opting for a Water Sense rated dishwasher and washing machine can add up to big water savings.
- Don't run the dishwasher or washing machine until it's full. Those half-loads add up to gallons and gallons of wasted water.
- Keep an eye on your bill to spot leaks. If you water bill spikes suddenly, there's a good chance that a leak is the culprit. Call in a plumber to check your lines to save water and cash!
- Flush with less. Older toilets use a lot of water. You can reduce your usage by sinking a half gallon jug of water in the toilet tank. Do NOT use a brick, because it will break down and the sediment can damage your tank.
- Water outdoor plants in the early morning. You'll need less water since cooler morning temperatures mean losing less water to evaporation. It's not a great idea to water in the evenings since this can promote mold growth.
- Hand-washing a lot of dishes? Fill up your sink with water instead of letting it run the whole time that you're scrubbing.
- Wash Fido outdoors. That way you're watering your yard while you're cleaning your pup. Just make sure that the soap you're using isn't harmful to your plants!
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