I am constantly telling my family to hurry up in the shower or to turn off the faucet. What is it with kids and running water? I have learned over the years that while we might take electricity and running water for granted, there could come a time in our society when the resources that we love and depend on are simply not available. Then what? Have you ever considered what you would do? Have you ever thought about how you could slow your consumption rate?
Now don’t get me wrong. I am not a tree-hugging environmentalist. But I am very interested in conservation of my money and my resources. For me the biggest reason that I initially wanted to save water was a monetary reason. I am cheap. I hate wasting money. Saving on things like water and electricity are simple, common sense steps that I can take to reduce our monthly expenses. So if I have the ability to save a few dollars, then why would I not take full advantage?
Can you relate? If you want to learn how to cut back on water waste in your home, here are some practical tips to help you get started.
In The Kitchen
While many people are no longer cooking but rather ordering in, there are still millions of people all over the country that cook their meals every day. What is the number one ingredient in food prep? Water. So lets start in the kitchen. The next time you are planning on cooking, consider these tips.
– Save your pasta water. This is a great base for soups or stews and it still has a ton of vitamins and minerals in it.
– Place a basket in your sink that will hold water. Use this water to clean your utensils and other dishes. This could save hundreds of gallons a month.
– When it comes to washing dishes, never run your dishwasher if it is not full. A regularly used dishwasher will use over 1000 gallons a month. Keep that in mind.
– Consider installing water saving faucets.
– Fix any leaks. A steady drip of one drop per second will equal 5 gallons in a single day. That is literally throwing money down the drain.
In The Bathroom
We all love hot showers and long baths. Is there anything better than sitting back in a tub full of hot water and just relaxing? While this is a favorite of mine, I have learned that this can be a serious waste of water. So here are a few tips for saving water in your bathroom areas.
– Place a brick or a filled water bottle in your toilet tank. This will decrease the amount of water used per flush.
– You might consider limiting your flush rate. If it is a number 1, then wait until your next use. Obviously a number 2 is a different issue all together. There is a rhyme that says if it is yellow, let it mellow. If it is brown, flush it down. Use your own discretion on this one!
– Try limiting your showers to 5 minutes or less. Keep in mind that for every 2 minutes that you cut from your shower time, you will be saving 200 gallons per month.
– Use a spray nozzle on your hose. This will limit the water usage.
– Do not run your sprinkler system in the rain. (My neighbors do this and it drives me crazy.)
– Make sure your outdoor faucets are not leaking.
– Limit garden watering to only those times when it is really necessary.
There are many more ways to save water so get creative and see how much you can reduce your water use each month. The idea here is to rethink the everyday actions that we take for granted. A few tweaks here and there and you could really save thousands of gallons of water and hundreds of dollars.
How do you reduce water waste in your home?