Sometimes it’s easy to take for granted that we have water flowing out of the (many!) faucets where we live, and that not everyone has the luxury of simply turning on the tap to access water. We know that we need to protect our natural resources, and conserving our water supply is important. Here are seven easy ways to reduce your daily water consumption.
1) Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth
We’ve all been guilty of this one, where you start brushing your teeth and then wander off to complete another task, thinking it will “just take a sec”- but make sure the faucet isn’t running! Running the water while you’re scrubbing your teeth isn’t doing anyone any favors.
2) Take shorter showers
A standard shower head uses 2.5 gallons for each minute you’re running water – yikes! A long, hot shower can feel great on sore muscles, but maybe try a quick yoga session next time. Also, you don’t need to wash your hair every single day – skip the suds, and your mane and the planet will thank you.
3) When it comes time to renovate, choose a low-flow toilet
Low-flow toilets greatly reduce the amount of water wasted. You don’t need gallons of water for each time you flush, right? Newer toilets have a dual-flush option, and you can usually get away with a lighter flush. Another alternative is a composting toilet that uses no water at all – just check your state regulations to make sure it’s compliant.
4) Do a full load of laundry
Even if you really really want to wear that great shirt tomorrow, if you don’t have enough dirty clothes to make up a full load of laundry, wait until you do. If you have kids, this probably doesn’t happen to you! Most washing machines have a smaller load size cycle, but the most efficient use of water (and energy) is still to do a regular sized, full load.
5) Stop watering your lawn
A lush, green lawn looks great – but wastes gallons and gallons of water. Water bans have become a frequent reality in drought seasons, but it’s something we can keep in mind all year. Consider planting low-water plants, and using mulch to help the soil retain moisture.
6) Fix any leaky spots
Whether it’s from the faucet or from a pipe somewhere along the way, all of that dripping water adds up. Not to mention, it could cause damage to your home, which will end up costing you down the line.
7) Cover up your pool
If you have an outdoor swimming pool, covering it up when you’re not using it can reduce the rate of evaporation. This way, you won’t have to keep adding water to make up for those lost inches.