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Water can be conserved in countless ways and all it takes is a little thought. It’s true that some water conservation plans may require a financial investment such as installing low-flow toilets, water saving appliances or a system to recycle gray water for use in the garden. But when these fixes seem too expensive to consider, you can still cut your water bill and save many gallons of water every day with simple, painless changes to your routine. Opportunities to conserve water can be found all over your house and yard. The tips listed here take no planning, little effort and won’t cost a dime. In fact, follow these tips and watch your water bill drop.
When washing hands, don’t turn on the sink faucet full force. Usually there is no need for high water pressure when washing your hands and strong pressure forces more water to quickly disappear down the drain than necessary.Take five-minute showers. You may not think you can get clean in this amount of time. Try it.Brush your teeth or shave in the shower.Turn off the shower while you soap up, shampoo or shave.If you are taking a tub, fill the water only half way. The bath doesn’t need to be full to the brim to offer a relaxing soak.Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 20 to 30 gallons a day. Simply wet your toothbrush and turn off the faucet while you brush. Turn it back on to rinse.
When washing fruits and vegetables, don’t rinse them in the sink and let all that water go down the drain. Wash produce in a deep pot and when finished, take the pot of water outdoors and water your plants.Don’t dump the last few sips from your drinking glass before placing it in the dishwasher. Take the remaining water and deposit it in your pet’s drinking bowl or the nearest potted plant.After you steam vegetables, let the water cool in the pan. Take the pan to the garden and feed your plants an extra dose of vitamin water.Make sure your dishwasher is full before you run it.Compost your organic scraps instead of running them through your disposal.
Set up a rain barrel using one of your garbage cans or another large container to collect rainfall. You can connect a rain barrel to your gutter to collect run-off. You will be amazed at how much water you can collect in a short time. Make sure the container can be sealed tightly to make it child-safe and prevent mosquitoes from breeding. Keep it covered when the whether is dry.Water your garden during the cool morning or late afternoon hours to keep water from evaporating too quickly.Remember to turn off your sprinklers when it rains.Instead of the hose, use a broom or rake to remove leaves and debris from sidewalks, decks and driveways.Use a bucket of water to wash your car instead of spraying it with the hose.
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