Energy and water are connected. In many cases when you are saving energy, you are saving water as well. It takes energy to heat water, clean water and bring water to our homes. Water is a vital resource to our planet and our health. Read on to learn simple ways you can conserve.
- Turn the water off while you are brushing your teeth.
- Only wash clothes when there is a full load to be washed. Reducing the total number of loads each year by 25% could save you 3,227 gallons of water.
- While rinsing produce or waiting for the water to warm up, collect the water that would otherwise run down the drain and use it to water houseplants.
- Set the timer and take short, five-minute showers instead of baths.
- Water plants when it is coolest outside. The water you feed your lawn and plants during the hottest time of day will evaporate. Water first thing in the morning or before going to bed at night and you will have healthier, happier plants as well as more water saved.
- Install hose nozzles on your outside hoses to prevent water from being wasted. This can save over 100 gallons of water in just a 15-minute car wash.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway, back patio or sidewalks.