Simple and Effective Ways to Save Water 1168

Water use can be all too easy to ignore compared to the larger expense of heating and cooling in most homes. Even so, cutting back on water consumption can save you money and help the environment at the same time, so consider these simple yet effective strategies to conserve water:

  • Run your dishwasher only when you have a full load ready to wash. Full loads mean fewer loads in the long run. The same principle applies to your clothes washer.
  • When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run while you rinse. Fill one basin of your sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of under a running tap. When you’re done, save the rinse water and use it to water your houseplants.
  • Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator so you don’t have to run the tap whenever you want a cold drink.
  • Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening to avoid losing water to evaporation.
  • Adjust your sprinklers so they only water your lawn, not the house, driveway, sidewalk or street. Only use sprinklers to water large sections of lawn, and water smaller areas by hand.
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk.
  • Watch for leaky faucets, and fix them quickly.
  • Make sure all your faucets have water-saving aerators.
  • Replace your showerhead with a low-flow model. This can save you as much as 750 gallons a month. Taking shorter showers can save even more.
  • Upgrade older toilets with newer, more efficient models. You can also test your toilet for leaks by putting food coloring in the tank; if it finds its way into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak.
  • Don’t dispose of tissues and other items by flushing them down the toilet; throw them in the trash instead.
  • When you buy new appliances, choose more energy-efficient models.
  • Collect runoff from your roof to water your garden.
  • Drink water from a bottle, or choose one glass that you can reuse throughout the day. This will reduce the amount of dirty dishes that need to be washed.
  • Don’t use running water to defrost food; allow it to defrost in the refrigerator instead.
  • Choose lawn and garden plants that require less frequent watering.
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