Paying closer attention to your water consumption will not only help you "go green," it'll save you some "green," too. Saving water doesn't have to be difficult or costly - you don't have to go as far as using rain barrels or even installing low-volume shower heads to make an impact and conserve many gallons every day. Here are six super easy ways to make a difference.
- Turn off the water while you brush your teeth. Doing so twice daily can save up to 8 gallons of water.
- Scrape food off plates prior to rinsing and use the garbage disposal sparingly. For stuck-on food, try soaking pans instead of letting the water run while scraping to save water. And remember: using the dishwasher will save water as compared to hand washing, especially if you only run it when it's full.
- Don't forget to use the "rain delay" function on your automated sprinkler system when weather allows and set your system to run in early the morning hours to reduce evaporation.
- For every minute you shave off your daily shower, you can save up to 5 gallons of water. Better yet, skip a shower from time to time and save many more!
- Keep a pitcher of water (filtered or otherwise) in the refrigerator to ensure you have cool drinking water on hand, instead of running the tap while waiting for your desired temperature.
- Head to the car wash. Commercial car washes re-use water, which saves many gallons as compared to running the hose at home.