How to use less water with changes in routine

By making a few simple changes in how you use water, you can have a big impact on the environment and on your bill. Here’s how to use less water.

You probably already know the importance of water conservation. Surprisingly small changes in water usage habits can have a big impact both on the environment as well as on your bill.

Stop hogging the shower

If you’re accustomed to taking twenty minute showers, you could be wasting a considerable amount of water. For each additional minute you add to your shower time, you’re increasing its consumption by around a thousand gallons per year. Try to restrict your showers to five minute or less and watch your bill go down.

Use less water when you brush your teeth

Instead of running the water the entire time you’re brushing your teeth, use it only for a quick rinse. If everyone in your family were to do this, imagine how much money you’d save.

Wash vegetable in a bowl

Instead of washing fruits and vegetables under running water, fill a pan with clean water and gently brush your fruits and vegetables with a soft brush while in the water to remove pesticide residue and debris. This is an easy way to use less water and still clean fruits and vegetables properly.

Cut down on the use of dishwashers, washers and sryers

Don’t run your dishwasher when it’s only half full. The same goes for washers and dryers. Use them as infrequently as possible.

Keep your toilet in good working order

Buy a low flow toilet and make sure it stays in good working order. Check the handles to make sure they don’t stick when you flush. Check your toilet for leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If it appears in your toilet, you have a leak that needs to be repaired.