With much of the country in a drought situation, we have been exploring easy ways to conserve water. While drought isn’t an issue here in Vermont, we try to do everything that we can to be conscious of our environmental footprint. How much water we use is definitely part of that equation. There are a number of easy ways to conserve water that can be done by just about anyone – even children.
25 Easy Ways to Conserve Water
Start with the easiest ways to conserve water for you and your family. Try to involve everyone including the children to make it fun. Every family will have different things that work for them. The important thing is to get started. Even baby steps help.
- Turn off the faucet when you are not using it. This holds true for both washing dishes and brushing teeth.
- Don’t run the washing machine or the dish washer until you have a full load. Partial loads waste water.
- Learn to compost instead of using your garbage disposal.
- Make sure you have a water efficient shower head and faucet aerators installed to help save water.
- Collect rainwater outside in buckets to use when watering the garden or house plants.
- Fix drips and leaks. They can be more costly than you know.
- Mulch your garden plants to help hold water in the ground. This will lessen the amount you need to water your plants.
- Water your garden in the evening. Less water will evaporate than if you water it in the middle of the afternoon when the sun is out.
- Take shorter showers. Even turning the water off a minute or two sooner will help conserve water.
- If you have sprinklers, adjust them so only the lawn is watered, not the street, driveway or sidewalk. Make sure sprinklers are off when it’s raining if they are automatic.
- When you clean your fish tank, use the water to water your plants. Fish water is very high in nitrogen which is good for plants.
- Teach the kids to turn off the faucet tightly when they are done using it.
- Use a car wash to wash your car instead of washing it in the driveway. Car washes recycle the water they use.
- If you need to take a bath instead of a shower, only fill the tub half way full.
- Cook food in as little water as necessary. You don’t need to fill the pot all the way to the top.
- Re-use your towels when you can. Do you need a clean towel each time you dry off?
- Don’t buy bottled water. Did you know that 3 liters of water goes into making one liter of bottled water?
- Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator to avoid letting the water run until it is cold.
- Choose plants and shrubs that require less water when planning your landscaping.
- Generally, annual flowers require more water than perennials. Choose wisely.
- Keep a bucket in the shower to collect the cold water before it warms to the right temperature.
- Eat less meat. Raising animals for meat uses quite a bit of water.
- Never pour water down the drain if there could be another use for it. Use it for watering a plant or garden or pour it in the pet’s water dish.
- Flush less often. If it’s yellow, let it mellow.
- Cover your pool to prevent water loss due to evaporation.
Do you see easy ways to conserve water that you can work on with your family? Have I missed any that you do already?