Written by: Lauren Matas -
Published: July 20, 2018
Conserving water is not only an eco-friendly cause for you and your family to take up, it will also serve you well in lowering the cost of your utility bills year-round! That’s a win-win all around! Did you know that water usage can directly impact not only your water bill but also your electricity bill? Electricity is used to heat and purify the water you use, as well as to pump the sewage from your home. Be mindful of the following tips to cut down on the costs associated with both your water and electricity bills.
Simple Ways to Save Water In Day-To-Day Life
Making just a few small adjustments to your daily routine and implementing them with the help of your family can make a huge impact on water conservation and your wallet! Start with these easy tips, then think of other creative ways you could cut down on water usage in your household.
Cut down on baths and take short showers instead. If you have a toddler or infant, wash them in a sink or smaller basin instead. Filling a bathtub requires 5-15 more gallons of water than a shower does.
Do not let water run while you shave and brush your teeth. If shaving in your sink, plug the sink and keep it partially filled to rinse your razor.
Turn off water while washing your hair or shaving in the shower.
Consider installing low-flow shower-heads and toilets in your bathrooms, water-saving aerators on your faucets, and a water conserving ice-maker.
Monitor your toilets, faucets, shower heads, and pipes for active leaks on a regular basis.
Monitor your water bill for unusually high usage to know when you have an active leak.
Use one travel water bottle and hand wash it daily to cut down on extra glasses that need to be washed or plastic water bottles that don’t get finished.
Reuse towels while at home and in hotels. If you’re clean when you dry off from a shower, there’s no reason the towel should be dirty!
Drop your tissues in the trash instead of the toilet to cut down on flushes and possible clogs.
Ways to Save Water While Cooking & Cleaning
Some of the activities most responsible for water usage and waste are cooking and cleaning in your home. By implementing just a few smart strategies, you can save gallons of water every time you clean your home or cook a meal!
Match the water level in your washing machine to the size of your loads of laundry.
When using water in cooking, select the proper pot size for your ingredient portion so excess water isn’t wasted. This will also eliminate excess energy from being used to heat the water.
Avoid defrosting food with running water, and use your refrigerator or even your microwave to defrost frozen food instead.
Install a water heater near your kitchen sink so you don’t have to run your water while waiting for it to heat up.
Soak your dirty pots and pans instead of letting water run while scraping them clean.
Collect the water you use to rinse produce and use it to water your houseplants.
Use dropped ice cubes and the water you run while waiting for hot water to water your houseplants.
When mopping your floors, use a sponge mop and a bucket to conserve water.
When doing laundry, only run your washer with a full load of clothes, as each load will use about 50 gallons of water.
Ways to Save Water Outside
When Mother Nature runs behind on her rain schedule, keeping your lawn and outdoor plants watered can be a costly and water-wasting expense. Luckily, the yard is also an area of your home where you can reuse water that would typically go to waste!
Landscape your yard with drought-resistant plants native to your climate and use materials like mulch to hold moisture in.
Use rain barrels to catch storm water from your gutter downspouts and use the collected water for your lawn and car washing.
When watering your lawn or washing your car, use an adjustable nozzle on your hose to only use the necessary amount of water. Try to schedule these activities in the morning or evenings when water will not evaporate as quickly.
Keep your lawn’s grass longer to allow for less evaporation by using a higher lawn mower setting.
Avoid planting grass in spots that are difficult to water like narrow strips or inclines.
Water dry spots in your yard by hand instead of allowing your whole irrigation system to run longer.
If your local city and county codes allow, have a plumber reroute your greywater to plants and trees instead of the sewer line.
When the kids want to cool off in the sprinkler, use it in a place where your lawn or yard need water the most.
Try composting instead of using a garbage disposal. You’ll save water and beautify your outdoor plants at the same time!
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