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.