Most of us give little thought to how much water we use. Compared to other utilities, like heating, water costs are relatively inexpensive for homeowners. And renters typically don’t pay for water at all. These factors and the seeming abundance of water in many areas tend to put water conservation under the radar for many of us.
The good news is that technology has allowed for the creation of products such as electronic kitchen and bath faucets and water-saving showers and toilets that deliver a great experience while using significantly less water.
Having the right products will help but changing behaviors at home can go a long way toward saving money on water costs and at the same time preserving our environment. Here are a few ways you and your family can help:
• Wash the car using a bucket of soapy water and a bucket of clean water rather than running a hose. Use soaps that are environmentally friendly. This keeps water that drains into storm sewers free of caustic substances.
• During summertime, be conscious of using hoses and water sprinklers for fun.
• Water the lawn early in the morning or in the evening when water evaporates more slowly.
• On rainy days, turn off the automatic sprinkler system.
In the Kitchen
• Learn to reuse: don’t pour water down the drain when there may be another use for it, such as watering a plant or cleaning.
• Don’t use running water to thaw frozen foods. Use the microwave or put them in the refrigerator to thaw the night before.
• Wash fruits and vegetables in a bowl rather than running water.
In the Bathroom
More water is used in the bathroom than any other room in the home.
• Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth.
• Make sure the drain stopper is in place before you turn the faucet on when taking baths.
• Take shorter showers. You can even set goals and time yourself.
• Install a low-flow showerhead. This will not only save water, but also will conserve the energy that it takes to heat the water.
• Fix a leaky faucet or a running toilet. Fixing leaks can save around 20 gallons of water per day.
These are just a few of the things that can be done in everyday life to keep your water costs down and conserve energy. The earth may be two-thirds water, but only 1 percent of it is considered drinkable. By changing simple behaviors within the home, we can all do our part to preserve our most precious resource – Earth.