How Do You Conserve Water?
Do you know how much water – out of all the water on Earth – can be used by people? Less than 1%. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the rest of Earth’s water is either salt water and unfit for human consumption, or frozen fresh water. As populations rise and we consume more water, communities across the country are finding it harder and harder to find enough water. It’s time for us to make a change.
A typical U.S. household uses about 260 gallons of water every day. Here are a few ways you can start conserving water.
Check faucets and pipes for leaks.
Even the smallest leak can waste gallons of water. If your faucet drips, even just a little bit, replace it. Even if the pipes under the bathroom sink look ok, check other things like your toilet. Take the top of the tank and listen for any hissing. Does your toilet sound like it’s constantly running? Fix it. You can also check shut-off valves, meter lines and hose bibs for any sort of leak. Fixing leaks not only saves water but will help you take a little off your bill.
Don’t leave the water running.
When you’re brushing your teeth or doing the dishes, don’t leave the water running. Even leaving it running for less than a minute can waste a gallon or more of water. Get into the habit of only turning on the faucet when you really need it.
Install high efficiency clothes washers, dishwashers and toilets.
Upgrading to water efficient appliances will not only save water but also save you money on your water bill, especially if you have a large household. Upgrading appliances isn’t just something to think about doing at home. Every office has a restroom and each breakroom usually has a kitchen area so think about upgrading at work.
Working in the garden? Use mulch in the flowerbeds.
When the sun sucks the moisture right out of your precious garden during the hottest part of the day, your first reaction may be to re-water your garden, but mulch will help curb that problem. Lay mulch around your new trees, in your flowerbeds and around bushes. It will keep moisture in and scorching heat out.
Don’t water during heat of the day.
For a good watering, set up your sprinklers to go in the early morning or in the evening when the sun is not shining at its peak. Watering during the day is a waste because most of the water evaporates.
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