Ways to save water

[T]here are 100’s of ways you can save water from home. To help you start, I have listed many ideas below!!

 

1. Having a high efficiency (HE) dishwasher installed in your home can reduce your energy consumption considerably. Energy Star rated appliances use 25% less energy than the mandated minimum. You can also limit it’s use to a couple of times a week if you’re serious about saving water and electricity. Load it up through-out the week, and when it’s completely full, turn it on! Make it “your night off” and spend time doing something you enjoy!

2. Washing your clothes in cold water and waiting until you have a full load of clothes will not only save you money, but will also leave more water for the future! HE washers and dryers can reduce your energy consumption and save you money! It’s a win, win for both you and the Earth. If you don’t have a HE appliance, check for the energy saving settings on older models.

3. Make sure you (and the kids) are shutting the water off when you are brushing your teeth, and that you have no leaky taps in your home. A leaking toilet may be wasting upwards of 200 gallons of water a day! (Just think, that’s 200 jugs of milk!!)

4. Drinking tap water instead of buying bottled water saves on packaging and stops plastic bottles from ending up in land fills. If you do buy bottled water, buy it by the gallon, or purchase a water cooler. Make sure you are recycling the bottles that you do use!

5. Limit your shower time to under 5 minutes, and if you can, purchase an aerated-shower head to reduce the amount of water you are using. There are also ­­­­­non-aerated shower heads that can reduce water consumption by 50 percent. The aerated one will mix air with the water, actually making it more powerful and the nonaerated one will pulse the water, giving you a “massage”. With a family of 5 using either of these, at least 14,000 gallons of water can be saved a year. Just think how much water we would save if everyone did this!!

6. Water your lawn in the morning or evening, when temperatures are cooler. Some towns and cities may have a bi-law enforcing this. When it is hot outside, the water you use on your lawn evaporates faster.

7. When having a bath, put the plug in before running the water! That way you’re not wasting water that could be used.

8. If you wash your dishes by hand, don’t run the water to rinse them. Fill one sink up with wash water, and the other up with rinse water!

9. If you can, plant in the fall when conditions are cooler, and generally more wet. That way you won’t have to waste water during the warmer months. Make sure you choose plants that will withstand the frost!

10. Have drip irrigation installed if you have shrubs or trees planted. This allows the water to go directly to the roots where it is needed.

11. Water your plants more deeply, so they don’t need to be watered as much. This encourages deep root growth, and increases draught tolerance. For indoor plants consider buying a product like aquabulb to ensure that they aren’t being over-watered.

12. Know where your master water shut-off valve is located just in case you do spring a leak! This could save a lot of water, and reduce damage to your home.

13. Older models of refridgerators, air-conditioners and icemakers often use a flow of water in order to cool. Consider upgrading to an appliance that uses cold air to help with your water savings!

14. Only use a sprinkler for a large area of grass, water the smaller areas by hand!

15. Instead of watering on a schedule, check the moisture level of the soil before you water. This can save a lot of water if it is not needed!

16. Soak your pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you try to scrape them clean! Motorized scrubbers can be purchased at hardware stores to make this less of a hassle.

17. Instead of washing your car by hand and wasting water, why not go to a commercial car wash that recycles water! (And you’ll have less work to do!)

18. Generally newer dishwashers clean more thoroughly than the older ones. Cutting back on rinsing before sticking them in the dishwasher will not only save you time, but money as well!

19. Bathe your young children together! It makes bath time more interesting…. (and you won’t be having to run the bath more than necessary.)

20. Turn the water off while you are washing your hair! You can save up to 150 gallons a month. Rinsing your hair with cool water seals the proteins in from the shampoo and conditioner, helping with split ends.

 

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