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Water is a precious resource, and if you’re Eco-conscious and love Mother Earth, you’re probably wondering how to use less water at home.
I feel you, friend. I have been there. One day I was just going about my day, doing the same things as always, and then I LEARNED about what’s going on with the world’s fresh water. It was a wake up call.
We want water. We need water. My dogs and cats NEED WATER. So here are 6 of my favorite tips for how to use less water at home. Start making these changes today. Bonus – you’ll reduce that god-awful quarterly water bill!
1. Turn Off Your Tap When You’re Not Actively Using the Water
As in, don’t keep the water running when you’re brushing your teeth (I know you’re sick of hearing this, but it’s important). Another thing – don’t keep the water running when you’re doing dishes. If you have double sinks, put some water in one side for rinsing, otherwise turn off the water while you scrub.
2. Take Shorter Showers
I know this one is tough. I LOVE a nice long, hot shower. It helps clear my mind, helps me de-stress, and just feels really good. Especially on cold winter days. But maybe save your shower therapy sessions for Sunday mornings, and try your best to take short showers the rest of the week.
I’m not saying you need to time yourself or switch to all-in-one products to speed up your shower, but just be conscious of the time you’ve got the water running.
3. Install a Water-Saving Shower Head
A quick Google search will find you a good water-saving shower head. These usually work by restricting the flow of water that goes out at one time. They come in a nice range of prices, so even if you’re on a tight budget, you’ll be able to find one that works for you.
I’m not an expert on shower fixtures, but I don’t think shower heads are hard to install either 😉
4. Collect Rain Water with a Rain Barrel
The best way to collect is to disconnect one of your downspouts from the ground and reconnect it to your rain barrel. There are pretty affordable ones online. Also, some nonprofits as well as local government might offer them in your area, probably for a reduced price (or the higher price tag goes to running the nonprofit, so it’s a win-win).
Rain barrels are great because they can collect quite a bit of water (like 50 gallons or more, depending on the size you get!). Then instead of using water connected to your waterline/hose to water your garden, you can use the water collected in your rain barrel.
Think of all the money you can take off of your summer water bill by using the water provided by Mother Nature.
5. Flush the Toilet Less (Yes, for real!)
Hey, I told you I was going to tell you how to use less water at home. I actually learned this trick from my Gramma. If she was just peeing, she’d wait to flush after going a few times.
I know this sounds weird. And it kind of is. But if you live alone, or have your own bathroom, it’s TOTALLY doable. My husband and I have a thing where if we’re both home, we both flush after each time we go. But if we’re home alone, we’ll wait to flush.
It might not save a ton of water, but for someone like me who pees at least once an hour, I can only imagine how much water I’m saving in the long run but not flushing every. single. time. I need to go.
6. Don’t Water Your Lawn, or Do Replace Your Lawn With Regional Native Plants
I’m not saying you can’t have any lawn. You probably have dogs or kids who like to run amok on your grass, and that’s totally okay. I need lawn for my dogs. But think about how much of your yard is actually used when your dogs or kids are playing.
I’m trying to slowly fill up the perimeter of my yard with native western New York plants. Plants that are native to your region are going to be adapted to the amount of water you get naturally in the place you live. So instead of struggling to water your brown, dry grass, plant something that will live through the summer without needing to be hosed down frequently.
If you want to keep your lawn, that’s fine too. Just maybe try to be friends with your dry, brown grass, instead of trying to water and water and water. (Or get a rain barrel and use that water to keep your grass green).
So there you have it. I’ve shown you how to use less water at home.
There are SO many other ways you can save water – this post is just the tip of the iceberg. If you’re inspired, I highly recommend a google search so you can add even more tips to your list!
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