You don’t need a lot of money or a fancy degree to make a real difference in the world. If you’re reading this, you have the opportunity to save thousands of gallons of water for our environment by following these easy steps:
In the kitchen:
Top tips for saving water in the kitchen:
Avoid using a garbage disposal in your kitchen sink.
Garbage disposals take a lot of water to run. You can reduce your water use by 100 gallons per month by eliminating this step (https://greenhomeguide.com/know-how/article/five-ways-to-decrease-your-kitchen-water-use). Composting is an ideal alternative and provides you with great compost for your yard.
Be lazy and use a dishwasher
No one likes doing the dishes and now you have the perfect excuse for buying a new dishwasher. Studies show that using a dishwasher uses four times less water than hand washing.
Use a bowl instead of running water to wash your dishes.
If you don’t have a modern dishwasher, use a bowl in your kitchen sink to cut the amount of water you use while washing your dishes.
In the bathroom:
Don’t waste water in the bathroom
Take a shower instead of a bath and you can save up to 60 gallons of water every time you wash.
Modern low flush toilets typically use only 2 gallons of water compared to over 5 in an older toilet. A good toilet replacement can cut your water usage.
You can save up to 2,700 gallons of water by installing a low-flow showerhead.
Fix leaky faucets and showerheads
Leaks in your home water system will waste water. A faulty faucet can waste as much as 3,000 gallons of water every year and a shower head as much as 500 gallons per year.
In the Garden:
Great ideas on making the most of water in your garden
Use mulch on your flowerbeds
Put down mulch in your front and back gardens to help absorb water. A mulched garden will also reduce weeds and conserve water, which can cut down on your water use.
Don’t over-water your lawn.
If you are not sure if your lawn needs to be watered, sprinkle it first with a bucket of water. If the soil absorbs it within 30 seconds, then don’t bother watering it at all.
Turn off your sprinklers.
Your lawn and garden should only be watered when the soil is bone dry. If you are concerned with watering less often, consider installing a rain sensor on your sprinkler system that will turn off the system during a rainstorm.
Install water storage containers in your garden
Collecting rainwater in water storage tanks will help you water your garden and reduce your bills at the same time.
As you can see, there are many opportunities around your home where you can easily reduce your family’s water consumption without having to make significant changes to your lifestyle.
Furthermore, with a little bit of planning and effort, you can easily make amazing savings on your water bill. So what’s not to like about becoming more water-efficient?