How to save water

As we learn more and more about the ecological problems our planet is facing, it becomes increasingly important to find ways to conserve our natural resources. When we recycle, use less petroleum products and household chemicals, and purchase environmentally friendly products, we are making an investment in our planet’s future. Another way to have a positive impact on the environment is to learn how to save water.


Many of us would be shocked at the hundreds of gallons that we waste in our homes every month. There are many steps you can take that will help you save water in your home.


Check for leaks


Leaking faucets, showerheads, and toilets can drip away gallons of water in a short period of time. If you are not sure if you have any leaks, check your water meter and write down the usage. Don’t use any household water for a period of two hours, and then check the meter again. If the usage numbers have gone up, you have a leak.


Flush less


The toilet is a toilet, not a garbage can or trash receptacle. Don’t use your toilet to flush that tissue you just blew your nose with, or any other small pieces of garbage. Only use the toilet for its designated use.


Install a low-flush toilet


Most new homes already have low-flush toilets, but this is a good option if you live in an older home. Low-flush toilets save 2 to 3 gallons of water each time you flush.


Install a shower head with a water saver


Installing a water saver valve on your showerhead will save a lot of water during each shower. Turn the valve off once the water has heated up, but before you’re ready to jump in - letting it run while you’re brushing your teeth or undressing wastes gallons of water. After you rinse down, turn the valve off while you lather up. If you only allow the water to run while you’re rinsing, you will conserve a lot of water. Teach your kids to use the water saver while they’re showering, too.


Use less water for teeth brushing


When brushing teeth, many people leave the faucet running the entire time. This is a huge waste. Use the faucet to wet down your toothbrush, and then turn it off until you’re ready to rinse. This is another area your children can get involved in water conservation.


Only wash full loads


I’m guilty of running small loads in both the washing machine and the dishwasher, but this is a huge waste of water. Wait until your dishwasher is full before running it, and only wash full loads of laundry. This can save gallons of water on each load.


Save while watering your lawn


Many people water their lawn every day, whether it needs it or not. A good tip to remember is this: step on your lawn - if the grass springs back up, it doesn’t need watered. When you do water, water long enough for the moisture to soak into the root system. If you only sprinkle your lawn, the water will quickly evaporate, and not do any good.


Water your lawn in the early morning or after dusk, as less water will evaporate. If you water during the heat of the day, most of the water is lost to evaporation. Also, don’t water on windy days - the water will simply blow away.


Turn off the hose while washing your car


When you wash your car, don’t leave the hose running. Use a spray nozzle for rinsing, and fill a bucket for soapy water. If you only use the hose when rinsing, you can save up to 150 gallons of water each time you wash your car or truck.


If you learn these simple ideas for how to save water, you will make a huge difference in the amount of water your family uses every day. It can make a positive change in your water bill, too.