As California continues to suffer through one of the worst droughts in its history, the issue of water conservation has moved to the front of many people’s minds. Many have realized they don’t need as much water as they use. And reducing their water use also allowed for a shrinking water bill.
No matter where you are in the country, if you want to start saving money, start by saving water. Here are some ways to do just that.
- When you wash produce in the sink, keep a basin beneath you to collect the run off and use that water for household plants or flowers.
- Go easy on the garbage disposal. Using it can require several gallons of water a day.
- Use the dishwasher. Dishwashers use less water than washing by hand. When you do wash by hand, soak dishes rather than scrubbing them with running water.
Bathroom and laundry
- When shaving, plug the sink instead of letting it run. This can save up to 300 gallons a month.
- Turn off the water when brushing your teeth. People waste 10 gallons a day when they let the sink run while brushing.
- Take a shorter shower. It saves a lot of water and gets you out the door faster in the mornings.
- Only run full loads in your washing machine.
- Don’t water your lawn until the evening. If you water it during the high-heat of the day, much of the water will evaporate before it's absorbed by the soil.
- Use the drip-irrigation method on your plants and landscaping. This can save you anywhere from 20 to 50 percent when compared to pop-up sprinklers.
- Don’t use the hose to clean off your sidewalk or driveway; instead, use a broom.
- When watering your lawn, move your sprinklers so you’re not also watering your sidewalk.
- Put mulch around your shrubs and trees. This prevents evaporation, improves soil quality and makes for healthier plants.
- Use rain barrels. They collect rain water, which you can later use to water your lawn and garden.
In the next post, learn how to use less gas around your house and lower your gas bill.