“Of course Captain Obvious, we’ve been hearing that for years, what’s new with saving water?”, is what you may be thinking. Water conservation is of course not a new concept, and water wastefulness is an issue worldwide, especially with mass shortages in dry, hot areas like central Africa. But there is more to water conservation than just taking five minute showers and shutting off the water when you brush your teeth (the clichés).
With a healthy household audit of faulty water-involved appliances, whether it be of leakages or of excessive usage, you can easily reduce water consumption by 20%, and save you more than $350 annually, according to the EPA. It’s even beyond just checking appliances and water consumption, though. Here are a few ways to switch up your water usage that will not impact your daily routine, but can help conserve gallons of daily water usage.
Stop running half-full dishwasher loads; running the washer only when full can “save the average family nearly 320 gallons of water annually” (EPA). Purchase a rain barrel for your home. If you are at all involved with your household agriculture, whether it be watering your window garden or your backyard, this is a must. They can be acquired for less than $100 at Home Depot, and enable you to reuse rainwater in your escapades as a budding green thumb, and can severely cut your consumption of outdoor water usage. According the EPA, watering for 20 minutes, 7 days per week can add up to the equivalent of 880 showers annually. About a quarter of our annual residential water usage is from outdoor water – cutting that out of your H20 consumption can help you severely cut your bill, and your footprint. Despite the cliché, shutting off the faucet when brushing your teeth, or shaving, can save you up to 5,700 gallons of water annually. That 5,700 gallons is much better used being repurposed and distributed to those who need it more; there’s no need to keep the water running. Going back to the importance of recycling, reusing, and minimizing waste: if you drink water, which you do, and you don’t yet have a reusable water bottle, buy one. Immediately. Even better, purchase a stainless steel one (trying to cut out the plastics). It’ s an inherent biological necessity to drink water, so you’re going be consuming it regardless. But, if you are doing so in a reusable, you have the ability to avoid using almost 200 plastic water bottles per year, and are saving water that is used in the process of packaging and producing those plastic bottles. All in all, not a bad way to reuse and help out the environment that will absolutely not affect your daily life. As I’ve said, a little bit goes a long way, and it doesn’t take a lot to develop environmentally friendly habits that can severely cut your carbon footprint and help keep this planet a greener, and cleaner place. Try ’em out.
EPA on Water: https://www.epa.gov/watersense/statistics-and-facts