Tips On How To Conserve Water At Your Home

Conserving water is one of the things you can do to save our earth. Conserving water is good for the hydrological cycle, and good for your pocketbook. With a few minor changes in the way you use water, you’ll find yourself recycling and saving water with ease. Use these tips to lower your water consumption at home.

1) Check your faucets. indoors and out, for leaks and drips. A dripping faucet can waste up to 20 gallons of water each day.

2) Only flush your toilet when really necessary. Don’t blot your lipstick with a Kleenex and then flush it, and don’t flush just to get rid of a cigarette butt or a piece of fuzz. Remember the old hippie adage, “If it’s yellow, let it mellow; if it’s brown, flush it down.” You may not want to let your pee sit in the toilet until you go Number Two, but follow the general spirit and don’t flush wantonly; each time you push the handle, up to 7 gallons of water go down the drain.

3) Save over ten gallons of water a day by placing a couple of water bottles filled with sand or pebbles and water in your toilet tank. Make sure at least 3 gallons of water remain in the tank for proper flushing.

4) Don’t let the water run while you’re doing your grooming. To brush your teeth, wet your toothbrush, turn the water off, brush your teeth, then turn the water back on to rinse. When shaving, fill the sink with a couple of inches of water to rinse your razor rather than keeping a steady stream of water coming from the faucet.

5) Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator. Running the tap until the water is cold enough to drink wastes several gallons a day.

6) Save 1,000 gallons of water each month by only running your washing machine and dishwasher when full.

7) Plant drought-resistant plants in your garden and home, and group your plants according to how much water they need to avoid using water that your plants don’t need.

8) Put a 4-inch layer of mulch around trees and plants to help them retain moisture so you don’t have to water as often.

9) Don’t set your sprinkler system to automatically turn on. Turn it on by hand when you’re ready to water so you don’t end up with the sprinklers on during a rain storm or when the ground is already wet.

10) Set your lawn mower blade to a high setting. The higher the grass, the more moisture it retains and the less you’ll need to water.

These water conservation ideas are only the beginning. Once you get these down, consider more serious measures to save water, such as installing a rain barrel, replacing toilets and insulating your water pipes. Look into a water education program for hundreds of additional water saving tips.