Tip # 6

January 24, 2008 § Leave a comment

Here’s a list of things you can do conserve water at home. This is borrowed from Organically Inclined:

1. Turn off the tap. Very simple. When brushing your teeth or anything else, turn the tap off! The average bathroom faucet runs 2 gallons of water per minute – do you really need 2 gallons to brush your teeth. On and off.

2. Install a low-flow shower head. You could save up to 70 percent of the water you use in a shower. We have a simple one we purchased for about $9, but they sell other models with features that are a little more expensive. Spending a little more on your shower head will save you a lot in the future.

3. Water your garden in the morning. Cooler air helps the water seep into the roots, rather than evaporating before it gets there. Watering in the evening promotes bacteria and fungi growth because the sun doesn’t warm things up. Don’t even ask me about watering the lawn…I don’t believe in lawns.

4. Don’t wash your car. OK – maybe once in a while, to get the mud off or the salt from the roads after winter. But if you’re the guy who is out there every weekend wasting water and waxing his F150, you need more help than just a few water saving tips.

5. Fix leaks right away. We had a leak on the valve where the washer meets the pipe. It didn’t look like that big a deal, so I put a bucket under it and decided to wait until I was headed into the big city to get what I needed to fix it. Do you know that leak dripped a full gallon of water in one day? I was stunned. I asked my husband to pick up a new valve on the way home from work and we fixed it that night.

Visit Organically Inclined. They’ve always got a host of great tips on ways to go greener.

* I am not being paid to link them. I just appreciate them and what they contribute to the blogosphere*

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