Did you know that cutting only 4 minutes off of your shower can save about 30 gallons of water? Most Americans don’t realize how fortunate they are to have access to clean water. And they also don’t realize how much they waste each year. By changing your daily routine ever so slightly, you can help make a difference. Try a few of the water conservation tips below:
Have ice cubes leftover from your drink? Instead of tossing them down the drain, pour them on a plant instead.
Be a leak detective! Check all hoses, connectors, toilets and faucets for leaks regularly. And don’t forget about them - call in a plumber to fix the leak right away. Test a leaky toilet by adding a few drops of food coloring to the tank. If the water in the bowl changes color, you know you have a leak. Keep in mind that leaky faucets and toilets can waste 40,000 gallons of water or more in one year and if your toilet is over 9 years old, it might be time for an upgrade.
When running a bath, plug the tub before turning on the water. Adjust the temperature as the tub fills rather than letting all that water run down the drain.
Don’t use running water to thaw out frozen food. Take it out of the freezer the night before you plan on cooking it and leave it in the fridge overnight.
Wait until you have a full load to run your washing machine and dishwasher. Running them when they are only half-full can waste several dozen gallons of water.
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