Water is one of the most precious resources we have and unfortunately, it’s something we don’t usually realize we’re wasting until someone else points it out. If you want to cut down on your water use and save some money while you safeguard the environment, here are some simple tricks to keep in mind:
Tip #1: Feed Your Plants
Keeping plants in your house is a great way to absorb toxins and clean the air. The other great thing about plants is that they don’t mind drinking after you. So, if you’re rinsing vegetables or have leftover water after boiling noodles, don’t just toss that water down the drain! Put it in a watering can and use it to keep your plants happy. Even dropped ice cubes that you don’t want in your drink will keep your plants hydrated.
Tip #2: Turn Off The Water When You Don’t Need It
How many times do you mindlessly let the water run when you’re brushing your teeth, shaving, or just washing your hands? If you’re not using that water, take a second to turn off the tap. Not only will it save you water, but if you make it a habit it can shave down your bill considerably at the end of the month.
Tip #3: Shorten Your Showers
While you don’t need to skip showers to help the environment, you can save a lot of water by reducing your waste. For example, if you have long hair, you shouldn’t wash it every day. Only wash it after you’ve had a decent workout or a few days have passed. Not needing to shampoo and condition means that you will save gallons of water, since you can soap up and rinse off quickly. If you want to take more extreme steps to cut your water use, you could turn off your shower while you soap up or consider a sponge bath instead.
Tip #4: Avoid The Hose
Whether you’re washing your car, or watering your grass, avoid using a garden hose. The hose fills with water and it’s easy to lose track of how much you’ve already sprayed. Instead, use a bucket. Buckets help you cut down on waste because you’re more likely to make do with what you already brought out.