Water is a precious source; without it, there would be no living thing on the planet, and yet, sometimes, people waste it. Whether it’s over-watering their lawns, or using too much for doing dishes or laundry, there are ways to become more water efficient. Here are some tips to being more water efficient, so this vital resource will continue to run freely and be utilized for the most important life-force – all of us.
Outside water conservation
We all love a nice, lush, green lawn – a healthy lawn – but are you over-watering or watering more than just your lawn? Here are some tips to being more water efficient outdoors.
- Adjust sprinklers so they hit just your lawn and not the sidewalk, driveway, or fence
- Water in the morning or at night, when the sun is not blazing down on the lawn. Doing this will help the water to not evaporate as quickly, due to extreme summer temperatures.
- Only use as much pressure as you need. Sometimes, too much pressure can bust sprinkler heads or change the direction to where the sprinkler hits, so areas needing water won’t get it, and other areas may get too much water.
- Only water every other day or every couple of days to conserve water, but also ensure you water enough, so the lawn can withstand high temperatures.
- Don’t water when it’s raining or been raining, or is about to rain. Let nature take its course, so you’re not wasting water.
- Don’t water if it’s still cool outside. If it’s early summer, or even spring, let the rainy season water your lawn.
- Spread a layer of rich, organic mulch around plants; this will keep them cool and help retain moisture
- Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting, since a taller lawn helps to shade roots, as well as holds soil and moisture better, according to the Water Use it Wisely website.
Indoor water conservation
There are also a few tips to being water efficient indoors. They include:
- Running your washing machine only when full to save on water
- Keeping the water off if washing dishes by hand. Use one sink to wash and the other one to rinse.
- Decreasing the use of the garbage disposal by composting vegetable food waste instead
- Washing your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running tap water
- Decreasing shower time. Cut the time by a minute or two and save up to 150 gallons a month
- Updating old toilets with better water efficient models
- After cleaning out fish tanks, feeding the nutrient-rich water to household or outdoor plants
- When taking a bath, plug the tub first and then turn on the water, adjusting the temperature as the tub fills, to save on water
- Using one glass per family member, so there isn’t a lot of dishes to wash
- Defrosting food in the fridge, instead of running water
- Teaching children to turn off faucets tightly to prevent leakage
- Replacing the toilet flapper if it doesn’t close after flushing
Use these tips to become more water efficient, and utilize them in your every day life to help our planet thrive.