Water conservation is the most cost-effective and environmentally sound way to reduce our demand for water. Not only will your water bill go down, but as you heat less water, your gas or energy bill will also decline. If your whole community conserves, you will also pay less fees for water-related services. Droughts, flooding, and other extreme weather events worsened by climate change are also making fresh water an increasingly scarce commodity.
Below are 11 helpful conservation tips:
- Check every faucet and toilet for leaks. Even a slow drip wastes a lot of water each day.
- Take short showers and shallow baths.
- Turn off the water while you are brushing your teeth or scraping the dishes or washing your hands.
- Don’t use the toilet to flush away tissues, gum wrappers or any other small scraps. It is not a trash can.
- Be careful to water the lawn, not the sidewalk or street.
- Do not use a hose to clean off the driveway. A broom is better.
- Keep a jug of drinking water in the refrigerator, then you won’t have to run water to cool it.
- Use the washing machine and dishwasher only for full loads.
- Landscape your yard with drought-resistant trees and plants.
- Install water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors.
- Take preventative measures to keep your pipes from freezing and breaking.