Saving Water Can Save You Money and Valuable Natural Resources
There are so many ways to rethink how we use water. For many of us our water is metered and we do pay for how much we use. Some water saving tips may seem too extreme or impractical to tackle – like rerouting our laundry and dish water into our flower gardens. There are other small steps we can take to reduce the amount of water we use every day and may be some day we could work up finding other ways to save water use.
So where do you start – look at how you use water every day. In the bathroom, you could start conserving water by simply turning off the water while you shave or brush your teeth. Check the clock before you get in the shower and when you get out. Can you shorten the time in the shower by shaving with a sink full of water and then showering? If your toilet runs constantly repair any leaks as this is a big waste of water. In the kitchen, you could keep drinking water in a container in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run when you want cold water. Scrape rather then rinse your dishes when you load the dishwasher and only run a full load of dishes. In the laundry room, wash only full loads of laundry with the appropriate water level and use cold water.
Next, if you have water sprinklers (and this is my personal favorite) learn how to use the sprinkler system so that you can turn your sprinkler OFF when it is raining, (and watch the weather reports and turn it off the day before it is scheduled to go on) water the garden during the coolest part of the day and set your sprinklers so they are not watering the sidewalk or driveway. And maybe – see if you can avoid USING your sprinkler system. Save the water for vegetables that you eat. Only water your lawn during the driest months of the summer. And instead of hosing off your driveway to clean it sweep it of debris.
You could see a dramatic difference in your water bill just with these ways to lower your water flow in your home. After you have established these practices in your home, you can graduate to even more water saving strategies.