Earlier this week, we talked about World Water Day and provided some links and information to help offer more insight on how you can participate or contribute. Today, I wanted to take some time to talk about some simple, easy things you can do in your everyday life to help reduce water consumption, promote clean water, and help protect the environment.
- Turn off the water while you’re brushing
Dentists recommend brushing for two minutes. When you stand at the sink and polish those pearly whites, do you leave the faucet running? Turn it off – you can save up to 8 gallons of water per person per day, or 200 gallons of water per month.
- Optimize your dishwasher
Washing dishes by hand can use up to 20 gallons of water. Your dishwasher uses only about four gallons of water per load. Set your dishwasher on the eco water-saving mode and only run it when it’s full. Also, skip the pre-rinse process. Scrape your dishes into the trash can or a composting pile and let the dishwasher do the hard work.
- Laundry time
Waiting until you have a full load doesn’t apply to just your dishwasher – apply the same rule to your laundry. Avoid doing loads of laundry until you can do a full load, and cut down on the number of loads you have to do.
- Find a better car wash
Washing your car in the driveway can use over 60 gallons of water in five minutes (and if you’re like me, it takes longer than five minutes to wash your car). A certified WaterSavers car wash uses 40 gallons or less per car and recycles the water.
- Give up bottled water
According to the NRDC, three liters of regular water go into making one liter of bottled water. So stop buying bottled water and replace it with a reusable water bottle and a good water filter. You’ll save yourself money, reduce landfill space, and reduce water waste and consumption.
You don’t have to make a huge effort or commitment of time and money to help save water and be a little greener. Put these tips into practice and you’ll start to see a big difference in your water consumption and in your wallet.