Water Conservation: Saving Money and the Earth

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Water Conservation: Saving Money and the Earth

Staff Writer · Mar 4, 2010

Water conservation is a major concern. Given its plentiful availability many people have forgotten the limited potential of this vital source. What more can we do to conserve water?

Don’t Let It Run

Don’t let the water run when brushing your teeth or washing dishes. Fill a small cup with water, wet your toothbrush, apply the paste and brush. Use the water in the cup to rinse and clean your brush or, better yet, brush your teeth in the shower. When washing dishes, if you have a double sink option, fill both with water and use one side to clean and one side to rinse. If you only have one sink, you can purchase a small plastic tub for the same practice.

In addition, washing your fruits and vegetables in a pan will prevent a running tap or if you are inclined there are great natural spray washes you can pick up at any health food store.

Keep an eye on taking baths. Filling the tub half way is just fine. Practice plugging the tub before you adjust the temperature.

Watch The Wash

Using washing and dishwashing machines at full capacity can actually save water, up to one thousand gallons per month. When traveling, feel free to pitch in and use your linens and towels twice. Most hotels have signs in each room asking if you would like to be involved in such water conservation efforts. In addition, at home, using a towel after you shower two or more times in a row is very helpful. Even some clothes, like jeans, can be worn twice especially if you’ve spent most of the day indoors.

Check the Mechanics

If your shower can fill a one gallon bucket in less than twenty seconds it is a good idea to replace the head, as it is wasting too much water. New technology gives a satisfying shower with the potential for saving upwards of seven hundred and fifty gallons per month. Plus, if you shorten your shower you can save up to one hundred and fifty gallons per month. Look into changing your toilet tank and lessening your gpf (gallons per flush). If this is too costly, and your toilet hasn’t been replaced since 1992, look into putting a displacement device in the tank to take up space so the water won’t have to fill all the way. Plus, try a little test: put about ten drops of food coloring into the toilet water. If, when checking back later, if the food coloring has disappeared, there is most likely a slow leak.

Other Tips

Other tips to help you save water:

  • Avoid toys that use
  • If you drop an ice cube on the floor, plop it into a house plant
  • Label cups used for water and use continuously throughout the day
  • Keep an eye on your water bill and question your provider to estimate your range, if it is high they will usually send a technician to look for a potential leak.

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