Finding ways to cut down our water usage has been a hot topic of late, but how exactly do we do it? Reducing water usage will become more and more important in years to come, so here are some easy ways you can start today.
Shower or Bath?
If you’re looking to conserve water, a short shower is the best way to go. A bath typically uses around 70 gallons of water while a five-minute shower only uses between 10-25 gallons. If you do take a bath, instead of draining the water you can save it to water plants or for other common household needs.
Don’t Pre-Rinse Dishes
Pre-rinsing dishes before washing them in your dishwasher is unnecessary in most cases and a waste of water. Give your dishes a good scrape to make sure any excess food is gone and let your dishwasher to the rest.
Loading Your Dishwasher
Having to re-wash dishes because you loaded your dishwasher incorrectly is another common way we waste water. Making sure you load your dishwasher the right way will eliminate dishes from still being dirty after a wash and save water. Refer to your dishwasher’s manual for questions on how to correctly load dishes.
By filling a bowl or pot with water and washing your produce, you’ll save a lot of water each month. You can then place the produce in a colander over the bowl or pot to dry and recollect the water used in washing. You can then use the water for other purposes, such as water plants or other household uses.
Permanent Press Cycle
Using the permanent press cycle on your washing machine is sometimes necessary, but avoid it if you can. Permanent press adds an average of five gallons of water to each laundry load for the extra rinse it uses.
Turn Taps Off
Running a faucet uses around two gallons per minute. When you’re brushing your teeth or shaving, leaving the tap running can waste a lot of water. When brushing your teeth, only have the water running when you need it. For shaving, rinse your razor in a pool of water with the sink stopper in to avoid running water the entire time.
Leaky Sinks and Toilets
A running toilet will waste around 200 gallons of water each day. A leaking faucet will waste around 3,000 gallons per year. If you notice your faucets or toilets need repair, have it done immediately. This will save hundreds if not thousands of gallons of water from being wasted.
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