Seven Easy Ways to Use Less Water

Seven Easy Ways to Use Less Water

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You probably already know the importance of water conservation. Surprisingly small changes in water usage habits can have a big impact both on the environment as well as on your water bill. By making a few simple changes in the way you use water, you can make a difference both now and for future generations. Here’s how to use less water:

Stop hogging the shower
If you’re accustomed to taking twenty minute showers, you could be wasting a considerable amount of water. For each additional minute you add to your shower time, you’re increasing water consumption by around a thousand gallons per year. Try to restrict your showers to five minute or less and watch your water bill go down.

Keep your toilet in good working order
Buy a low flow toilet and make sure it stays in good working order. Check the handles to make sure they don’t stick when you flush. Check your toilet for leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If it appears in your toilet, you have a leak that needs to be repaired.

Use less water when you brush your teeth
Instead of running the water the entire time you’re brushing your teeth, use water only for a quick rinse. If everyone in your family were to do this, imagine how much money you’d save.

Keep a jug of drinking water in the refrigerator
Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator and encourage your family to fill their glasses from it. This will eliminate repeated trips to the sink to get drinking water.

Cut down on use of dishwashers, washers, and dryers
Don’t run your dishwasher when it’s only half full. The same goes for washers and dryers. These appliances are big water guzzlers. Use them as infrequently as possible.

Install a new shower head
Replace your current shower head with a low flow model and you’ll reduce your water consumption by seventy-five percent.

Wash veggies in a bowl
Instead of washing fruits and veggies under running water, fill a pan with clean water and gently brush your fruits and vegetables with a soft brush while in the water to remove pesticide residue and debris. This is an easy way to use less water and still clean fruits and vegetables properly.

Be aware of how you’re using water on a daily basis. The key to making positive changes is to be more conscious and aware of how you’re using our most precious resource, water.
Written by: Dr. Kristie

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