Water Savings Tips
Posted by eemilla on March 3, 2011
For this week’s Change the World Wednesday, please consider water conservation. I’ve never lived in a house with a garbage disposal so breaking the habit of using isn’t an issue. We are vegetarian at home so we don’t have much food waste that cannot be composted or dumped in the trash can without causing too much of a stink. However, my favorite water saving tips are below (quite apropos with the tight economy we’re facing).
1. Turn the water off when you are washing your hands. In order to be effective you should rub your soapy hands for about thirty seconds after using the restroom or coughing or sneezing or whatever, and there is absolutely no need to run the water all that time.
2. Rather than run the shower faucet to heat the water before my shower, I turn on the sink faucet (although my husband argues that it takes longer to heat up thus probably not saving much if any water).
3. We water our houseplants with the less than fresh water in our dog and cat water dishes.
4. Rain is the only water than our lawn receives, even if it turns brown.
5. When I hand wash dishes, I stop the rinse sink so that I can rinse all but the largest items without running any more water.
6. Our shower has a low flow head (which reduced our bill by about $10 or $5 a month), and when I am not rinsing I use the water pause feature, which doesn’t stop the flow but just cuts it significantly.
7. For years we have kept three 750mL bottles in our toilet tank to reduce how much water each flush uses.
8. We only wash full loads of laundry and dishes in our automatic machines.
9. I only shower when I am dirty.
10. Even when I’m sick and just want to linger under the hot spray, my showers are less than ten minutes.