Easy Water Conservation at Home

Did you know the average American household uses over 400 gallons of water a day? With drought becoming a more severe issue in many parts of the world, including in our own country, conserving water is one way we can all help the planet. In fact, studies show over 10% of people worldwide do not have access to clean drinking water.  Whether or not your particular area is directly impacted, conserving water everywhere is smart economics and conservation.

Here are just a few ways you (and your children) can save this precious resource, courtesy of Care2*:

Turn off the tap. We all love the sound of running water, but it comes at a cost of 2.5 gallons a minute. Turn off the tap when you’re washing your hands or brushing your teeth until you need to rinse. The savings will add up quickly.

Fix leaks. A leaky faucet is more than annoying, it’s wasting water. Often the fix is an easy one, but call a plumber if you need help.

Shorter showers. With some shower heads dispensing up to five gallons of water a minute (according to the EPA), just shaving a minute or two off our showers results in significant water savings.

Run a full dishwasher. You could cut the times you run your dishwasher in half by just waiting until it’s fully loaded. Think of the water you’ll save in the process (not to mention fewer times you need to unload it).

Reconsider grass. With spring around the corner, maybe it’s time to rethink the never-ending battle of the green lawn. Consider opting for drought-tolerant ground cover and other plants that need less care (and water). The results can be beautiful and give you back both time and resources.

*Care2 bills itself as the world’s largest social network for good with nearly 51M members.

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