In the spirit of Earth Week, and now officially, Earth Day, we’ve compiled 7 super-easy ways to conserve water. Water is one of our most precious resources. Its quantity is limited, so we must use it wisely to be sure there’s enough to go around (the whole world!).
It’s hard to comprehend how precious water is when it appears at the turn of a handle. But our behavior does affect the future, whether a decade from now or years after you’ve left this earth. Here are 7 things you can do right now to help our planet support future generations of humans and the other creatures with whom we share it.
1. Use the dishwasher (when it’s full), don’t hand wash.
Hooray! Less work! Running a full dishwasher is much more water-efficient than hand washing. Save yourself time and save the world some water. Bonus points for using the energy-saver dry - by the time you get to unloading it they’ll have air-dried anyway!
2. Do hot water chores all at once— shower, shave, wash face, wash dishes, etc.
Think of all the water that is wasted when we turn on the faucet and wait until the cold running water turns hot. Condense those hot water chores so that this process is only done once in a day instead of multiple times. Even better, catch the cold water first coming out and use it to water some house plants!
3. Use a car wash, don’t wash your car at home.
Here’s another one that’s less work for you! It’s all about efficiency. Driving through a 60 second car wash uses less water than spending twenty minutes doing it yourself.
4. Use a reusable water bottle— we all know this one, just do it!
Aside from cutting down on plastic waste, by keeping a reusable bottle by your side you are much more likely to actually finish every drop in the bottle instead of throwing it away. Good for your body and good for the earth.
5. Reuse water for soaking— don’t use fresh water, it’s just going to get dirty anyway.
Have a dirty pan that needs to soak? Stick it under the closed faucet and then go about your day. As you wash your hands and do other things at the sink, the pan will eventually fill with water to soak.
6. Use old water to water plants, they won’t mind.
Have a water bottle that’s been sitting half full? Didn’t use all the water you boiled? (Let it cool first.) Is the cup at your sink that you use to brush your teeth full? Before you throw out any water, consider using it to complete a task like watering your plants, herbs, or even lawn. Don’t throw it down the sink, let nature drink it in!
7. Turn off the faucet when you are brushing your teeth— no brainer.
It is utterly baffling that there is a tradition of leaving the sink running while we brush our teeth. Why??? That water is coming from a fresh source, out of your faucet, straight down the sink and instantly relabeled as dirty. What a waste! Turn off the faucet when you aren’t using the water. It’s the easiest thing you’ll do all day.
Do you have any tips or tricks on saving water? Please let us know in the comments below!