How to Cut Down on Water Usage this Spring
Saving water is so important. Not only does it conserve a precious natural resource, but it also will save you money. And saving water doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, just changing a handful of behaviors can make a huge difference.
Turn off your tap water- One of the biggest wastes of water is when people leave the tap running while they’re doing something. Whether you’re brushing your teeth, doing dishes, washing your car, etc, leaving your tap running the whole time wastes gallons of water and costs you money. Try turning off the tap when you’re not using it.
Buy water-efficient products- While you don’t have to go out and buy all new appliances and hardware when something breaks consider replacing it with a more water-efficient model. There are a variety of water-efficient goods and products available that can reduce your water footprint. From high-efficiency washing machines to aerated faucets, every little bit helps.
Take shorter showers- Showers are necessary, however, 30-minute showers are not. The average American uses over 17 gallons of water for every shower, and showering is the third largest use of water in the country. Simply shortening your shower can have a big impact on how much water you use annually.
Invest in a water jug- Another example of wasting water is letting the tap run while waiting for your water to get cold. An easy way to deal with this is to keep a jug of cool water in your fridge. You’ll always have fresh, cold water, and your wallet will thank you.
Completely fill your dishwasher or washing machine- Waiting just one more day to ensure that your washing machine or dishwasher is full can make a big impact in the long run. Dishwashers and washing machines use a huge amount of water, so using them to their full capacity is key.
Use a watering can- Gardening is a great hobby but can use a ton of water. If you use your hose to water your plants, you can be wasting a huge amount of water. Simply having it running while you walk from plant to plant wastes gallons of water every time you go to water. Invest in a good watering can to reduce the amount of water you use each time you go out in the garden.
Us a water butt- Speaking of watering, consider installing a water butt. A water butt, also known as a rainwater tank collects runoff rainwater and stores it. While it isn’t potable water, you can still use it to water your garden or wash your car and windows. Your plants won’t know the difference, but you’ll notice it on your next water bill.
Protecting the planet is everyone’s responsibility. While you don’t have to change your entire lifestyle, simply being aware and taking small steps will, in time, make an impact. And it doesn’t hurt that saving water can also save you money.