Conserving water is easy if you know what to do. If you are giving it thought as you go through your day, you’ll find many ways to save water that aren’t hard to do or inconvenient at all. Lots of these are really simple but we need to find a way to remind ourselves to do them!
1.) Turn Off Water While Brushing Your Teeth – Standing there while you’re brushing your teeth allowing the water to just run down the drain is a huge waste of water. You don’t need it. Turn it off, brush, and then turn it back on.
2.) Catch Cold Water for Plants When Waiting for the Hot – If you need hot water and notice that it takes a while to get to hot, grab a container and catch the cold water. You can use it for your house plants, for example.
3.) Catch Rain Water for Watering Plants – A great way to save water is to catch rain water and rain runoff from gutters to use for watering your plants.
4.) Take Showers instead of Baths – Believe it or not, a shower can save more water than a bath. Filling a tub uses more water than you need to use. Switch out most of your bathing for showers.
5.) Turn Off Water While Soaping Up – In the shower, get your body wet, and then turn the water off while you soap up. Try keeping your showers to a maximum of five minutes to save the most water and still get clean.
6.) Plant More Edibles and Less Grass – Lawns use a lot of water. If it’s not against the rules where you live, try growing only useful plants that you can eat in as much of your yard as possible.
7.) Don’t Flush Urine – You’ve heard it said, “If it’s yellow, let it mellow, if it’s brown, flush it down.” Well, this is a true thing and it works to avoid wasting water.
8.) Mulch Plants Properly to Retain Water – Using natural mulch that helps keep in moisture for plants can mean you water less.
9.) Prune Plants Well – When you grow plants, if you prune them and toss the parts that you don’t need, you can avoid watering these unwanted parts.
10.) Fill the Dishwasher All the Way before Running – Try not to run the dishwasher if it’s not a full load. Most dishwashers have a rinse cycle so that you can avoid food sticking; this is more frugal than washing an almost empty load.
11.) Fill the Washer All the Way before Running – When you are washing clothing, if you don’t have one of the new washers that weighs the clothing to determine water level, wait until you have a full load before washing.
12.) Use Leftover Cooking Water – When you boil noodles, or steam veggies, that water can be saved and used to create flavorful soups.
13.) Fix Leaky Faucets Immediately – If you have a drip, don’t wait; fix it as soon as possible. One drippy faucet can waste gallons of water quickly.
14.) Measure Sprinkler Output – You only need a certain amount of water for each type of plant, and it’s easy to over or under water. If you measure you’ll be less likely to waste water.
Conserving water can even be fun. Thinking of ways to wash your car, do your laundry, and live without having too much water wasted will make you feel good about yourself and ensure that there is enough water for future generations.