April is water conservation month, so it’s time to think about the little things you can do around the house to help to conserve water. Conserving water helps us to have a healthy water supply, food supplies, and reduction in health hazards. Here are some tips to conserve water in and around the house.
In the bathroom
- Turn the water off when washing your hands or brushing your teeth
- Upgrade your toilet to one that uses less water or put a plastic bottle in the tank so it fills less
- Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth
- Take shorter showers.
- Fix any leaky faucets, showers or toilets.
- Install faucet aerators, they reduce the flow rate from 2.2 gpm to 1.5
In the kitchen
- Wash dishes using the dishwasher, and only use the dishwasher when you have a full load of dishes
- Upgrade your dishwasher to a more efficient model that uses less water
- Using the sink to do dishes actually uses more water
- Don’t defrost meats in cold water, let it defrost overnight or in a microwave
- Let water chill in the refrigerator rather than letting the faucet run
- Rather than using the garbage disposal, use a compost pile
In the laundry room
- Only wash clothes when there are enough clothes to have a full load of laundry
- Upgrade your washer to a more efficient one which uses less water
In the yard
- Water your lawn during the coolest part of the day, usually morning before the sun comes up. This allows for less water to evaporate
- If you’re using an irrigation system for the lawn, have a smart one installed so that the water isn’t running while it’s raining out, or running longer than necessary
- Don’t cut your grass too short; cutting it too short puts too much energy into growing rather than root development.
For more helpful tips on water conservation visit WaterMatters.org/Conservation.