Sometimes problems that seem overwhelming can be solved by simple measures. For instance, one of the best ways to help our environment is to simply plant trees. Most of us realize that trees are good for us. They purify the air by absorbing carbon dioxide and help curb harmful gasses like carbon monoxide and sulphur dioxide.
Another important aspect in protecting the Earth and also saving money is conserving the water we use. From morning until evening, water is something we constantly use. In the United States, we are blessed to have easy access to some of the most safely treated water on the planet, just by turning on the faucet.
The typical American family goes through over 300 gallons of water each day at home with 70% of that water used indoors, according to EPA reports. The more we know, the more we realize that we all need to be more responsible in how we use water.
Here are some easy ways to conserve water at home:
In the kitchen:
- Instead of using running water when cleaning and peeling vegetables, use a large bowl of water.
- Use a sink of water to wash and rinse dishes instead of running the water.
- When purchasing a dishwasher, look for one that offers a “light-wash” option.
- Make sure the dishwasher is completely full before running it.
- Use the garbage disposal only when necessary. Consider composting as an alternative.
In the laundry room:
- Only run the washing machine when you have a full load, if possible.
- When shopping for a new washer, buy one that is a “water-saving” model which can adjust to load size.
In the bathroom:
- Install low-flow shower heads in all your home showers.
- Instead of baths, take short showers.
- When brushing teeth, turn off the water.
- When shaving, fill the sink instead of running the water.
- When you have a leaky faucet, repair it promptly.
- Consider upgrading old items to newer more efficient models. This includes things like washing machines, dishwashers, and toilets.
- Grow native plants that have adapted to the climate and rainfall in your area.
- Ground covers and shrubs offer greenery for most of the year with less demand of water.
- If you do have plants that need extra care, cluster them together to save on water and time.
- Set your lawn mower blades to 2 or 3” high. Taller grass will improve moisture retention and can help your survive a drought.
- To maximize the level of water that your plants receive, water your garden and grass in the late evening or early morning. Otherwise evaporation will steal it.
- Reduce evaporation and promote growth by adding mulch around your flower beds and shrubs.
- Apply organic matter or compost to your soil to improve conditions and water retention.
- Instead of using a water spray, use a broom to clean your deck, driveways, porches and walkways.
- For car washing, use a bucket of soapy water to clean your car and turn on the hose only for the final rinse.
When you incorporate many of these water-saving techniques in your household, you may not only save money but you will be helping to save the planet.