Did you know that as an American, you probably use about 80-100 gallons of water every day! Even though the Earth is three-quarters water, only about one or two percent of it.
That means you are using about 29,000 gallons of water per year! Every drop counts, and we should all be doing our part to conserve water! Luckily there are lots of opportunities to cut back on water usage around the house and in your everyday life, even some you might not have thought of before!
These tricks are simple and require almost no extra effort, just a little bit of forethought on your part when you go to turn on that faucet! So now, there is no excuse to not be conscious about your water usage.
While you are waiting for your shower water to heat up, place a bucket in to collect any of the water you won’t be showering in. This is fresh water that can be used to wash fruits and vegetables, to water plants, to clean, to feed your pets and even boil with.
This is the perfect alternative to letting that water dump down that drain and will cut down on gallons of water. You can also reuse water that you steam vegetables with to create a vegetable stock, or again, use it to water your garden. Tip: water your garden at night so that it doesn’t get evaporated by the sun during the day, thus using less water.
Most dishwashers use less water than we do when we wash by hand! So use your dishwasher. If you don’t have one, another thing you can do is wash your dishes in the biggest dirty pot you have in the sink. Just filling that pot up with water and washing the dishes inside there will not only save water but will clean the pot as well!
Only order water if you’re going to drink it.
How often do you order water or even just receive it without drinking it? That water ends up in the drain when you leave and ends up being a waste! A way to combat that water waste is to think about how thirsty you are before you order and if you are really going to finish it. If not, consider asking for it filled only halfway, because you can always ask your waiter for more later on.