As a nationwide drought rages on and water shortages are seen across the country, it’s important to remember the water we use is in limited supply. Water shortages can be made worse when consumers are oblivious to the effects of their water consumption and willfully waste the precious natural resource. But there are also personal benefits to conserving water, particularly in terms of saving money on your monthly utilities bill.
Whatever your motivation, it’s important to understand the big picture value of conserving your water use. Although cutting back on water use might seem like a big sacrifice to make, it usually isn’t. Try these simple ways to conserve water without worsening your lifestyle.
Turn off faucet water when not in use
Yes, this might sound obvious, but it’s not. Think about all the times you use a faucet during the day. Do you let the water run when you’re brushing your teeth? Scrubbing your face? Washing your hands or dishes? All of these activities feature moments when you aren’t actively using water. And while turning off the faucet in each isolated instance may have a limited positive effect, the collective water savings can be significant. You’ll see the difference in your water bill and the planet will thank you.
Install high-efficiency fixtures and appliances
Cut down on water use by changing the appliances and fixtures in your home. For example, high-efficiency shower heads and sink faucets can restrict water’s flow rate, cutting down on the amount of water used when showering or washing your hands. High-efficiency refrigerators and washing machines are just two types of appliances that can be upgraded to use less water given the same workload. Devices like water filters can help regulate the flow of water. They also improve the quality of your water by removing unwanted pollutants and sediments.
Use greywater to water your plants
Suppose you just finished washing the car or taking a bath. The leftover standing water could be easily dumped or drained, but it’s just as easily brought outside to water your plants. Save gallons of water every time you water your plants. Just make sure the soap you’ve used is safe for reuse on your greenery.
Regulate outdoor water use
Inefficient watering in the yard can lead to wasted water. Your sprinklers should be adjusted so they aren’t spraying the side of your home or watering the pavement or your driveway. Water your lawn and garden in the mornings and evenings, particularly during the hottest parts of the summer. Since temperatures are cooler at these times of day, less water will evaporate, which will benefit your plants greatly.
Much like leaving the lights on in an empty room, a lot of wasted water is the product of inattentiveness. By being more alert and sensitive to your water use, you’re likely to see improvement in your water consumption habits and should waste less water as a result. When communities collective embrace green efforts, stress is alleviated for regions struggling to provide adequate water to their inhabitants — all without consumers being forced to give up their creature comforts.