Rather than contributing to the water shortage that we hear about there are several things we can do to conserve our water usage and at the same time save money. Saving money is always a good thing!

Here are some easy water conservation tips to follow:

  • Toilets use about 25% of the water used in an average household. Toilets installed before 1992 use between 3.5 to 7 gallons per flush. The new and improved high efficiency models use approximately 1.5 gallons per flush.
    A plastic bottle or bag filled with pebbles and water placed in the toilet tank displaces the water, saving between 5 to 10 gallons of water per day.
  • Turn the water off while brushing your teeth
  • Turn the water off while shaving. Fill the sink with a little water to rinse your razor.
    • Turning the water off to brush your teeth and shave can save another 6 gallons of water per day
  • Take shorter showers. It is easy to get into a warm shower and spend extra time just because it feels good (my experience). Did you know that a 4 minute shower will consume 20 to 40 gallons of water?
  • Insulating water pipes with pre-slit foam pipe insulation will make the water heat up faster cutting down on the amount of time running the water to get it hot.
  • Turn the faucet off while cleaning vegetables
  • Turn the faucet off when washing dishes by hand
  • Run the dishwasher only for full loads
  • Replace old washers with new energy star rated models, which use 35 to 50% less water while using up to 50% less energy.
  • Plant drought resistant plants and shrubs
  • Make sure the sprinklers are pointing in the right direction. Watering driveways and gutters and missing the lawn is a waste of money.
  • Water the lawn during the early part of the day. This time is best and it is less likely to attract slugs and other pesky bugs.
  • Deep soaking the lawn is better than watering lightly every day as you want the moisture to get down to the roots and not evaporate quickly.
  • Add mulch around trees, plants and shrubs which helps to keep the ground moist longer.

The average household uses approximately 130,000 gallons of water per year, daily this equates to 350 gallons per day. Using some of the tips above can conserve and save approximately 125 gallons per day.

According to the “Eartheasy” website, in 1990 30 states in the U.S. reported water stress conditions – in 2000 the number rose to 40. In 2009 that number rose again to 45. It is predicted that this trend will worsen and now is the time to address how we can start to conserve our water supplies. Every little bit helps.

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