How to Conserve Water in 18 Steps for a Greener Lifestyle

When our planet is affected by climate change, we know that desperate times call for desperate measures. Therefore, we should all learn how to conserve water and protect the environment. Global warming has severely impacted our planet during the past few years, and more areas are struggling with droughts. That is why conserving water has become one of our top priorities as well as diminishing thermal pollution.

Even if you are not living in an area affected by drought, you should also consider cutting back on  water to lower your utility bill and conserve an important resource. There are plenty of ways to conserve water around the house. Even if you may not be able to do everything on the list, you can at least try a few tricks to contribute with some gallons in water savings.

When brushing teeth

Make sure that every time you brush your teeth you avoid letting the water run unnecessarily. Turn off the tap while brushing because statistics show water comes out of the faucet at 2.5 gallons per minute. It is better if you do not let all that water go down the drain.

Go to a car wash

Even if you may believe that you are saving more money if you wash your car at home, using a hose, you are actually not. It is better to take your car to a car wash where they recycle the water. In this way, you will avoid wasting gallons of water and you will lower your bill.

When washing your hands

While scrubbing your hands for a few seconds, it is best to turn off the tap. In this way, you will save a few gallons of water. You should only turn on the faucet when you wet your hands and when you rinse them.

Fix the leaks

If you have a leaky faucet, you should avoid postponing fixing the problem. It is best if you hire a plumber to do it if you are not skillful when it comes to this sort of issues. This will turn out to be a great water saving.

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Make sure you wisely consume water and always try to avoid wasting it.

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Water your plants in the morning

This is a great trick! If you water your plants early in the morning, the cooler temperatures will help you lose less water to evaporation. Keep in mind the fact that it is a bad idea to water your garden in the evening since this can determine mold growth.

Shower bucket

When preparing to shower, we all tend to turn on the shower and wait for the water to heat up. Instead of wasting all that water, you can place a bucket under the faucet and use it to water your plants and garden. Furthermore, you may also use it to flush the toilet.

Reuse the pasta cooking water

After you boil your pasta, stop dumping the water down the drain. Instead, you can drain the pasta water into a pot and water your plants after it cools down. Make sure the water is completely cool before watering the plants.

Take short showers

Specialists indicate that shower heads can use 5 gallons of water per minute. Therefore, you need to make sure you speed up the process when showering to conserve water.

Flush with less

We all know that older toilets use a lot of water when flushing them. Make sure you sink a half gallon jug of water in the toilet tank to reduce the water usage. Avoid using a brick because it might break down at some point and the sediment will damage the tank.

Implement efficient fixtures

It is extremely important to implement all sorts of changes in the house to improve your water saving efforts. Therefore, you should invest in a low-flow toilet, a Water Sense rated washing machine and dishwasher, and efficient shower heads. Furthermore, you should also try aerating your faucets. All these together can add up to significant water savings.

Make sure your dishwasher and washing machine are full

Before starting your washing machine or your dishwasher, ensure that they are full. Otherwise, those half-loads will only add up to more gallons of wasted water.

Keep an eye on the bill

It is better to monitor your bills to be able to trace any sudden rise. If this happens, there is a good chance that your faucets experience leaks. If you have the necessary skills it takes to fix them, you should start right away. If not, you should find the best plumber to do it for you.

Shrink your lawn

By shrinking the lawn, you will also diminish the amount of water used to water the plants. Instead, you can choose some water wise ground cover and plants which are resistant to droughts.

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Do not let your faucet run while you brush your teeth or scrub your hands.

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Install a rain barrel

A great method to conserve water is to install a rainwater barrel. Rainwater harvesting can help you maintain your plants hydrated without using a sprinkler or a hose.

When hand-washing dishes

Instead of letting the water run for as long as you wash the dishes, it is best to fill up your sink with water and scrub the dishes. After you are done, you can empty your sink of water. In this way, you avoid wasting a few gallons of water.

Reuse gray water

In some areas, it is legal to reuse the runoff from washing your clothes to flush the toilet. Before implementing this idea, make sure this is also permitted in your area.

Use less electricity

Did you know that power plants use thousands of gallons of water to cool? You should conserve the natural resources by consuming less electricity. Therefore, you will indirectly save more water.

Wash your pets outdoors

When washing your pets, it is best if you do it in the yard. In this way, you will also water the plants while washing your cat or dog. Therefore, you need to make sure that the soap you are using is not harming your plants.

Summing up

Implement these water-saving tricks into your everyday life when completing tasks around the house. Hence, you will know how to conserve water and you will also protect the environment at the same time. Make green living your way of living.

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William E. Eubanks
 

I'm one of the main writers on the site; mostly dealing with environmental news and ways to live green. My goal is to educate others about this great planet, and the ways we can help to protect it.

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