With each passing day, the economy becomes more troubled, increasing people’s awareness on energy conservation. There are actually some incredibly simple ways in which you can save literally hundreds of gallons of water each month, which then adds up to thousands of saved gallons of water each and every year. And, since the average American family uses an average of 100 gallons of water daily, that’s nothing to sneeze at. So, keep more money in your pocket, by implementing these effective water conservation tipsbelow.
Reduce by 2 Minutes – Shortening a shower by just 2 minutes, conserves up to 150 gallons of water a month, per person. Multiply that by the number of people in your household, and you’re looking at some pretty impressive water conservation.
Convert Your Toilet – No need to replace an older toilet with a low-flow model. To save money with every flush, simply fill a plastic quart or gallon-sized container with sand or small rocks, and place in your toilet’s water tank. You’ll instantly reduce your per-flush water usage from 5 gallons a flush to approximately 3. Again, the more members in your household, the more the savings add up.
Use Ice Trays – Most built-in ice-makers in freezers tend to make more cubes than you can use, making them an unsuspecting water waster. So, unless your family goes through ice cubes like wild fire, turn off the automatic ice cube maker, and manually fill ice cube trays instead. You can also keep a small bowl of cubes filled and ready for your next glass of iced-tea, so you’ll never have to worry about waiting for the cubes to freeze.
Stop Pre-Rinsing Dishes – A consumer testing study showed, that pre-rinsing dishes before placing them in the dishwasher, used an astonishing average of 6,500 gallons of water yearly. The tests further confirmed, that unless you have a very old dishwasher model, pre-rinsing does not help dishes get any cleaner. Now that’s a surprising energy saver.
Faucet Aerators – While most kitchen and bathroom faucets typically have aerator screens in then, most laundry room, utility rooms and accessory faucets do not. Not flowing water through an aerator uses a surprising amount of water. Aerator screens cost about .50 cents at your local hardware store, and having them on every faucet in your house, can save up an average of 50-200 gallons of water each month. Aerators make the water stream seem more powerful, so you automatically use less.
Use the Car Wash – People are amazed to learn, that washing your car yourself, uses an average of 500 gallons of water…per vehicle. On the other hand, running your car through a commercial car wash, uses an average of 30-35 gallons per vehicle. You can save even more money, by finding those do-it-yourself car washes that take quarters. You can typically wash your entire vehicle for $2 – $3 dollars, vs. paying an average of $8-$10 dollars at the car washes that you drive through.
Water Your Lawn Early or Late – Consumer habits studies show, that too many people water their lawns at the wrong time of day, allowing for 50% or more of the water used, to go to waste due to evaporation and runoff. The best time and way to water your lawn, is to give it a thorough soaking in the very early morning hours, or after the sun goes down, just twice a week.
Bon Veggie Appetit!
Gina ‘The Veggie Goddess’ Matthews