How can I Conserve Water?

Jessica Hobby

People of the world conserve water for a variety of reasons. Some are looking to meet future needs, some want to save money and others are just interested in preserving the environment. Regardless of your motivation, there are numerous ways to conserve water around your home.

Washing dishes less frequently can help conserve water.
Washing dishes less frequently can help conserve water.

The bathroom, kitchen and laundry room are all places inside of the home where water can be conserved. The first way to conserve water in the bathroom is by shortening your morning routine. Keep your showering to a minimum by having everything organized before you turn on the water and getting straight to business once the water is on.

Low-flow toilets use less water than regular toilets.
Low-flow toilets use less water than regular toilets.

Next, you should turn off the water while brushing your teeth to conserve water in the bathroom. Also, don’t leave water running while shaving or washing your face. Flushing the toilet also wastes water. You can conserve water by only flushing when necessary and disposing of tissue and other flushables in the trash.

Fixing a leaky faucet will help conserve water.
Fixing a leaky faucet will help conserve water.

When trying to conserve water in your kitchen, there are some important things to keep in mind. First, if you use a dishwasher to do dishes, make sure it is full before letting it cycle, and let your dishes air dry instead of wasting hot steam. Also, it isn’t necessary to pre-rinse your dishes because nowadays dishwashers are equipped to handle any kind of grime. To conserve water when you are washing dishes by hand, fill one sink or basin with soapy water and quickly rinse under a slow moving stream from the faucet. The most important way to conserve water around the home is by not contaminating it. Sinks and drains should not be used as trash cans and oil and other toxic materials should be disposed of properly.

Replacing leaky spigots can help a person conserve water.
Replacing leaky spigots can help a person conserve water.

In addition to reducing water use throughout your home, there are numerous upgrades you can make to help you conserve water. Installing low-flow toilets, faucets, and spigots wherever you can will help you to conserve water. Upgrading to a front-load washing machine will use 40-60% less than a top-loading machine. It is also important to remember to continuously check all toilets, faucets, spigots and sinks for leaks and replace them when they are leaking. Another way to check for leaks is to read your water meter before and after a two hour period when there is no water use. If the meter stays the same, you are leak-free.

Turning off faucets when the water is not being used is a good way to conserve water.
Turning off faucets when the water is not being used is a good way to conserve water.
A front loading washing machine, which uses less water than a top loading machine.
A front loading washing machine, which uses less water than a top loading machine.
Turning off the water when washing dishes can help you use less.
Turning off the water when washing dishes can help you use less.
Keeping your shower time at a minimum is a great way to conserve water.
Keeping your shower time at a minimum is a great way to conserve water.

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amberlynn

Hi i am also a water conservation freak! I just found a very cool toothbrush called the EcoFly made by Dr Fresh. It's made from recycled plastic and it has a song that reminds the kids to turn the tap off while brushing! It's great and my son loves it.

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