In the Western world we have access to running water that never runs out. I don’t know about you, but I don’t always treat it like a valuable commodity. Even less now that we don’t get a water bill as it’s covered by the homeowner association fees. We all need to be part of the solution and here are seven easy ways to cut down on consumption.
1. Turn off the Faucet. Turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth will save 4 gallons of water a day. You’ll save more by doing the same when rinsing dishes or cleaning vegetables.
2. Buy Energy Star Appliances. Spend the extra money and buy a Energy Star certified clothes and dish washers. They will save you money with reduced water usage every load.
3. Drive a Dirty Car. It might become cool to be the one with the dirtiest car. This might not be realistic long-term but instead of running the hose and making a mess at home, patronize the water-saving car wash.
4. Have a Meatless Meal. Eating meatless at least once a week saves you money in more than the grocery price. Raising farm animals takes much more water than growing vegetables.
5. Buy Reusable Water Bottles. You might not even have to buy them. I received three free ones at the last conference I attended. Manufacturing disposable plastic bottles uses a lot more water than drinking water from your tap.
6. Shower with a Bucket. Use a bucket in the shower to catch water that would just go down the drain. This is a great source of water for plants or cleaning.
7. Install a Fake Lawn. Artificial lawns are becoming more common in California and look much better than it sounds. Every square foot of lawn uses one-half gallon to water. If you don’t like the fake grass then think about moisture-sensing sprinkler systems or drought-resistant landscaping.
Let’s make sure our kids have plenty of water at affordable prices by being good stewards of this precious nectar.
You can find more information on saving water at H2O Conserve. This article is part of Blog Action Day 2010 where bloggers all over the world join forces on a single topic.
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