Have you ever thought back? Back centuries ago, when they didn’t have running water. Yikes! What would we do? No running water? The average household in America uses approximately 400 gallons of water per day. Think about this. How much of that water do we waste?
What would happen if we ran out of water? It is hard to imagine but think about it. What if we had to conserve every drop of water that we used? Each person had a limit; a household was only allowed to use so many gallons per day. It would be hard. Yet, if we keep wasting water the way that we do. We could make it a possibility where we would be limited on our water usage. That being said, why don’t we help? We can help the environment right now. We can conserve water.
That being said, why don’t we help? We can help the environment right now. We can conserve water. Conserving water benefits the environment in many ways. Such as we preserve our lakes, ocean, streams, and rivers. We save energy by having water treatment plants not working as hard to filter, sterilize, and heat as much water. Not to mention, we will save money on our own home’s water bill. So how you ask? There are many ways to conserve water. Here are some of the easiest ways that you can conserve water and help the environment.
- Shorter Showers – Take shorter showers won’t use as much water.
- Turn off the water – When brushing your teeth, washing your hands, turn off the tap water when you are not using it. Don’t let the water run. It’s wasteful.
- Fix leaks – If you fix all the leaks in your house, you will notice you have a much lower water bill meaning you aren’t using as much water.
- Harvest rainwater – Collecting rainwater, use rainwater to water your plants and garden. Even use it to clean furniture outside or if you want to wash off the back porch. Take a look at the post on collecting rainwater. (you can easily link this to the first post)
- Full loads- Before you wash a load of laundry or run the dishwasher, make sure the machine is full. Running half loads all day long wastes more water than you think.
- Add weight to the toilet – If you place a half-gallon jug or another container in the back of the toilet container, it will take up space prohibiting the toilet from using as much water to completely fill up.
- Water garden in the morning – When you water your garden, outside plants, or yard in the morning hours you use less water. This is due to the moisture at this time and the colder temperatures.
- Washing dishes – If you hand wash your dishes instead of a dishwasher, let the sink fill up with water instead of continuously running the tap to rinse the soapy dishes.
- Less electricity – Surprisingly, using less electricity saves water too. Electric power plants need water so the less electricity you use, the less water is being used in the power plants.
- Insulate pipes – It doesn’t cost much money and not as much water will be used. The water stays heated in insulated pipes therefore, you don’t waste water waiting for it to heat up.
- Drinking water – Keep bottles with water for drinking in the fridge. If you use the kitchen faucet every time you want a glass of water. You let the tap run wasting water for it to get as cold as you want it. Keep it in the fridge instead.
- Extra flushing – Every time you flush the toilet, you use gallons of water. Don’t flush the toilet for unnecessary trash like a tissue or cigarette butt.
- Sweep – Use a broom to sweep the back porch or sidewalk, not water from the hose.
- Heat up – Let the water in the sink or tub as your running the water waiting for it to heat up to the right temperature. Don’t let it go down the drain until then.
15. Mulch – If you put mulch in your flower garden, around trees, and bushes, it conserves water. It will store moisture and water needing less watering.