How to Cut Down On Water Consumption

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My kids love taking bath and showers as much as the next person, but I have had to resort to putting a timer in the shower to reduce the amount of water being used. Did you know that water has become a valuable commodity and it is becoming more and more valuable every day? To protect our environment and to save money, take a look at these easy water conservation tips.

  • Turn off the faucet. The easiest way to cut down on water consumption is to not let the faucet run. Whether you’re washing dishes or you’re brushing your teeth, turning off the faucet conserves gallons of water each day.
  • Choose xeriscape materials in your landscaping. Xeriscape plants don’t need much water to thrive. Plants like Thyme, lavender and others can grow quite beautifully on very little moisture.
  • Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation. This is actually better for your lawn too.
  • Trim your shower time by a minute or two and you can save up to 150 gallons each month
  • Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. Longer grass shades roots and retains soil moisture better than if it is closely clipped. Again, this is better for your grass and motivates the roots to grow deep making it hardy and thick.
  • Use a rain barrel to collect water and then use this water to water your garden or lawn.
  • Use an automatic sprinkler system that’s easy to turn off and on. That way you can turn it off if it’s raining or install a rain sensor so your system won’t run when it’s raining.
  • Check your toilet for leaks and fix them or replace your toilet with a low flush toilet.
  • Use a water efficient showerhead and put aerators on all your faucets.
  • Only wash your clothes or dishes when the machine is full
  • Visit only car washes that use recycled water
  • Use your extra water from cooking or water from pet bowls to water plants
  • Avoid flushing the toilet unless it’s necessary. Avoid using it as a garbage can where you toss tissues, cotton swabs and other items in.
  • Wash dishes by hand
  • If you have a dishwasher, don’t wash your dishes before you put them in the washer and rinse them minimally.
  • Fix all leaky faucets. Experts estimate we lose about 2700 gallons of water each year from leaky faucets.
  • Insulate your pipes so you don’t have to run the water as long to reach your desired temperature.

Conserving water is not only an environmentally sound idea, it saves you money. As water becomes more and more scarce and our resources diminish the cost of water will continue to rise. Practice and instill good water conservation habits now and reap the benefits for years to come.

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