Everyone loves a sunny, beautiful summer, but lack of rainfall is a problem. Conserving water is always important, especially in drought-like conditions. Below are some everyday solutions to help you save water and money!
- Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when full. Save up to 1,000 gallons/month.
- Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead.
- Plant in the fall when conditions are cooler and rainfall is more plentiful.
- Keep a pitcher of filtered drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk.
- Shorten your shower by a minute or two and save up to 150 gallons/month. Aim for a 4 minute shower.
- Upgrade older toilets with water efficient models.
- Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn shades roots and holds moisture better than if it’s closely clipped.
- Use leftover water from boiling vegetables to water your plants.
- When running a bath, plug the tub before turning the water on and adjust the temperature when filling.
- Designate one glass for your drinking water each day or refill a water bottle. This cuts down on the number of glasses to wash.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
- Wash your car on the lawn and water your lawn at the same time.
- Teach your children and grandchildren to conserve water.
Feel good knowing you are doing the right thing for the earth. For more water saving tips, go to www.wateruseitwisely.com.