From Dean Dowd on October 01, 2008 in Green Remodeling
Being conservative with water is just common sense, now and as the future unfolds. Developing smart water conservation habits at home is a responsible choice for your family, community, and the planet.
“There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you.” This is the first of 100 Water-Saving Tips for each of four regions in the U.S. – Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, and Southeast. Many, if not all, of the tips shown for each region are applicable to all regions.
Here are some excellent tips from Water Use It Wisely and other water conservation sources to consider implementing immediately:
- Collect the water you use for rinsing produce and use it for watering house or garden plants.
- Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when you have full loads, and you could save up to 1,000 gallons of water each month.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalks, and save 80 gallons of water every time.
- Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator for cold drinks, so you can enjoy cold water any time without having to run the tap and wasting water until it gets cold.
- Check your water meter and bill to track your water usage; make an effort to reduce usage in a measurable way.
- Consider drought-resistant plants and landscaping accents such as rocks and boulders.
- Plug the bathtub before turning the water on, then adjust the temperature as the tub fills up.
- Install low-flow aerators on bath and kitchen faucets.
- Use mulch generously around plantings to retain water that would otherwise be lost to evaporation.
If you have children, here’s a really fun educational resource for helping kids learn about water conservation: Eco Kids Online. You can play an illustrated game by clicking on pictures of all the different rooms in a house for specific water-saving tips. The game begins with this suggestion, which is like the opening tip for adults at Water Use It Wisely: “Water conservation begins at home, and we can all do our share.”