15 Ways to Conserve Water
Conserving one of nature's most precious resources can be an important challenge in the home. Often, we take the easy availability of water for granted, until a shortage, drought or restriction becomes necessary. Saving water saves other resources, too, such as your home water bill.
Here are 15 different ways you can start conserving water today.
- Adjust the watering of your lawn and garden to reflect seasonal and weather changes, as well as landscape requirements. No need to water, if you have just had a day of rain.
- Consider xeriscaping, the use of drought resistant and low-water need plants.
- When you run the tap and wait for water to get hot, collect the cooler water and use it to water your plants, or put it in a pitcher for drinking water.
- Install instant water heaters near the sink and shower, so there is no need to waste water while waiting for it to warm up.
- Replace your shower head with one made to aerate and conserve water.
- Aerate your lawn. Water will reach the roots of your grass and plants, so less overall watering is required.
- Collect rainwater from your roof. To learn more, read the following: How to Collect Rainwater
- Use a broom to clean off driveways, porches and decks rather than using a water hose.
- Purchase water saving dishwashers, washing machines and other appliances that use water.
- Water dry spots by hand, instead of watering the whole area.
- Fix dripping faucets and leaks as soon as they occur.
- Group plants with the same watering needs together, to allow for the most efficient irrigation.
- Turn off or turn down the water when you are not actively using it, such as while soaping hands or hair.
- Install low-flow toilets, or insert a brink into the tank of older toilets to reduce water use.
- Report broken pipes, dripping hydrants and other issues to your local water authority.
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