With droughts affecting so many areas, we can each make efforts to save and conserve water and help those around us (not to mention our pocketbooks). Every drop adds up!
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In the Kitchen
1. Save the water from canned corn, beans, etc. to use for soups or sauces.
2. Use water saving setting on dishwashers.
3. Soak dishes to loosen particles instead of running water over them.
4. Finished your drink but have leftover ice cubes? Let them melt and water a plant!
5. Cool leftover water from cooking veggies and use as a soup base or to water plants. If still really hot, pour on weeds you want killed.
6. Choose one glass to use each day for drinks. This saves the water needed to wash multiple glasses every day.
7. Food scraps? Skip the garbage disposal and add to compost, feed a pet, or put in the trash.
In the Bath
8. Grab a bucket! With the luxury of indoor plumbing, we’ve gotten used to letting the water run until it’s just right. Fill a bucket or pitcher and save that water for plants, cooking, to flush the toilet, etc.
9. Shower or bath? We’ve all heard showers save water, but be aware how long you let that water run. If you’re taking an hour-long shower, chances are your tub would’ve used less.
10. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth. Help kids remember too!
11. When filling the bathtub, plug it first, then adjust the temperature to fit your comfort level.
12. When showering, turn the water off or down while washing hair, lathering and shaving.
13. When washing hands, turn water off while lathering.
14. Install a shower head that helps conserve.
15. When possible, conserve toilet flushes. “If it’s yellow, let it mellow…” Although not always practical, it can really save a lot!
16. Check your toilets and pipes for leaks. You can put food coloring in the toilet tank to see if you have a silent leak. If the water in the bowl has any color before it’s flushed, something is leaking.
17. Install a water fill diverter LIKE THIS in your toilet. The device diverts the last of the flush water to the tank, requiring less water to refill.
18. Install adjustable flapper on toilet.
19. Get a low-water consumption toilet.
20. Install a tank bag.
21. Invest in a dual flush toilet. (these are actually available online HERE. Who would’ve thought?)
22. Reuse towels.
23. Double check your laundry. Is it actually dirty? I find a fair number of clothes worn for a few minutes here or there that really should’ve been refolded and used again.
24. Wait until you have a full load to run the dishwasher and clothes washer. Partial loads use a lot of extra water.
25. Choose the right laundry load size and cycle. No need to run a large load for one shirt.
26. Lightly soiled clothes? Skip the extra rinse.
27. Pretreat stains. They’ll require shorter cycles.
28. Water outdoor plants at the coolest point of the day so you lose less to evaporation.
29. Use sprinklers that create bigger drops of water. Fine mist or spray can evaporate before reaching its intended area.
30. Use gardening crystals to absorb water and continually release to keep roots moist.
31. Aerate your lawn to help water get down to the roots.
32. Use mulch around small plants to help maintain moisture.
33. Collect rain water from your roof with gutters and downspouts. (check local regulations)
34. Choose low moisture grass varieties.
35. Landscape using rocks and/or other elements that don’t require watering.
36. Wash pets and vehicles outside on your lawn using environmentally-friendly products. Choose the area that needs water the most.
37. Check sprinklers for overspray. Are you watering the sidewalk or street? Is there water running off? Adjust water flow and angles to get the best use.
38. Choose drought tolerant plants.
39. Group plants together based on how much water they’ll need. Be aware of their sunlight requirements as well. Plant those requiring more water in runoff areas.
40. Have grass areas that don’t get used? Replace with water-free landscapes.
41. Host a neighborhood water event to share ways to conserve in your area.
42. Use a sprinkler hose to avoid evaporation in gardens. Don’t have one? Convert an old, worn out hose by capping the end and poking holes along the length.
43. Windy outside? Wait to water your lawn to avoid having your water blown away.
44. Does your lawn really need to be watered yet? Experiment to find how often and how much water is actually needed.
45. Repair leaky faucets- little drips can add up quick!
46. Install a grey water treatment system to filter water for many more uses. Check local codes to see what’s allowed in your area.
47. Conserve electricity. Some power plants require lots of water during production.
48. Install an instant water heater on your high-use faucets. Less water will be wasted waiting for hot water and you’ll conserve energy too.
49. Be sure you’re not overwatering plants. Too much water can rot the roots and cause others problems.
50. If you don’t already have them, install faucet aerators. They reduce water flow while maintaining water pressure.
Do you have more ideas? Please share!