Conserve Water and Save

11
August

Some environmental scientists predict that as soon as the year 2025, about one third of the world’s population will experience a shortage of water. We are not necessarily facing a shortage of water, but rather a shortage of clean, drinkable water. Anyone who is concerned about the very real possibility of clean water shortages can help by taking steps to conserve water now, in the hope of preventing such a crisis in the future.

Each individual can find many ways to conserve water and save not only our water supply, but also have the added benefit of reducing the family’s water bill. It only takes a little bit of thinking and common sense to come up with ways to save and reuse water, and a little effort by everyone will make an enormous difference for all of us.

In The Kitchen and Laundry:

To avoid running tap water to make it cold enough to drink, keep a jug of water in the refrigerator at all times.
Run cold water to fill a pan or bowl to wash fruits and vegetables, and avoid leaving the tap run while you wash them. Remove frozen food from the freezer ahead of time and avoid thawing it under running water.

To answer the debate over whether hand washing dishes or using an electric dishwasher uses less water, the answer is simpler now that manufacturers have made more efficient dishwashers. The newer ones use less water than hand washing. Scrape the dishes but do not rinse first, and only run the dishwasher when it’s full to capacity.

Run the clothes washer only when full to capacity, and use the lower level of water setting for smaller loads.
If you are ready to replace your clothes washer, consider buying a front loader rather than one that loads from the top. These are a little more expensive, but save a great deal of water, and cutting your water bill down will help to offset the cost. An added benefit is that this type of washer is more gentle on clothing and linens, as there is no wringing or twisting, since a tumbling motion does the cleaning.

In the Bathroom:

Taking shorter showers and/or not filling the bathtub when bathing are two obvious ways to save water. Other ways are by not leaving the tap water run while you shave or brush your teeth. Placing a plastic gallon milk jug, cleaned and filled with water, in the back of your toilet tank will save up to 10 gallons of water a day for a family of four. A much better solution, if you can, is to replace older toilets with the new forceful flush toilets which use four to five gallons less with each flush. The resulting savings on your water bill will pay for these new toilets, and give added value to your home.

When you’re waiting for hot water to come up in any spigot, catch the cold water to use for cleaning, scrubbing or watering plants later. We often don’t realize how much water is wasted because we don’t see it. When you see this water caught in a bucket, you’ll be surprised at how much water used to be wasted.

Throughout the House:

Make sure there are no leaks anywhere, as a lot of water can be lost through even a small leak. Check all pipes for drips, or even moisture, which can indicate a very slow leak. To check if a toilet is leaking, place a few drops of food coloring in the tank and see if it colors the water in the bowl. If it does, tighten or replace the flushing mechanism in the tank.

If you use a dehumidifier that is emptied by hand, use the water to water your outdoor plants.

Saving Water Outdoors:

Set the blades of your lawn mower a little higher. Longer grass will mean the lawn will need less watering. Water lawns and gardens less on cool or overcast days, and never on windy days because there is too much evaporation. Put layers of mulch around trees, shrubs and plants and they will need less water.

All of these measures taken together can conserve a lot of water and give you a sense of satisfaction as well, in knowing you are doing your part to save the water supply on which we all depend.

This post was written by

jason – who has written posts on Budget Clowns.
Father of three and married to a lovely women. Always looking for ways to save money, and invest it properly for my children's future.

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