Today was our first day of the going green commitment. August 28th, a Thursday, was a day where we committed to conserving water in our home, in order to limit our water waste and help our environment. I’ve never really paid much attention to our water usage, so today was quite the eye opener. I couldn’t believe how often I left the water running when washing my hands and turning to do something else, or running water in the sink while pouring breakfast cereal.
Both my wife and I committed to taking shorter showers than usual, and I decided to shave and brush my teeth in the shower. Combining morning routines was different, but saved us time so that we could get on with our day.
One of the areas where water is used the most is in our bathrooms. Here are seven ways that you can save water in your bathrooms, lowering your utility costs and helping our environment.
1. Check to see if you’re current shower head is a low flow or water-efficient shower head. Water-conserving shower heads are inexpensive and can save a family of four up to 17,000 gallons of water a year.
2. Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Get ride of tissue, insects or other waste in a trash can instead of the toilet.
3. Combine morning routines. Consider washing your face, shaving or brushing your teeth while in the shower.
4. Fix leaking faucets and toilets. Research has shown that an average of 8% (or more) of all home water is wasted through leaks. Fixing a leak can save 500 gallons of water each month.
5. Remind your kids (and significant other) to turn off showers and sinks when not in use.
6. Check with government agencies and utility companies for rebates on water-saving fixtures.Water Saving Tips
7. In the shower, turn water on to get wet; turn off to lather up; then turn back on to rinse off. Repeat when washing your hair.
Other water-saving tips? Leave a comment or suggestion below. Stay tuned tomorrow for day two of the Going Green Experiement