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Ways to Save Water

Posted on Wednesday, March 16th, 2022 at 7:00 am
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Want to save money on your water bill? Tired of buying gallons of water from the grocery store? There are many things that you can do to save water. These tips will help you and your family save water when there is a drought and water is scarce.

The United States Environmental Agency (EPA) has plenty of advice on how you can save water. Did you know that when you skip a shower, you save 17 gallons of water? When your yard skips a shower (meaning you decide not to water it), you save 25,000 gallons of water. The EPA says that when in drought, ever drop counts.

In the Bathroom:

Take short showers instead of baths. Turn off the water to brush teeth, shave, and soap up in the shower. Fill the sink to shave.

Repair leaky toilets. Add 12 drops of food coloring into the tank, and if color appears in the bowl one hour later, your toilet is leaking. Install a toilet dam, faucet aerators and low-flow shower heads.

Laundry:

Run full loads of laundry. When purchasing a new washing machine, buy a water saving model that can be adjusted to the load size.

In the Kitchen:

When cooking, peel and clean vegetables in a large bowl of water instead of under running water. Fill your sink or basin when washing and rinsing dishes. Install faucet aerators.

Only run the dishwasher when it’s full. When buying a dishwasher, select one with a “light-wash” option.

Only use the garbage disposal when necessary (composting is a great alternative).

Outdoors:

When mowing your lawn, set the mower blades to 2-3 inches high. Longer grass shades the soil improving moisture retention, has more leave surface to take in sunlight, allowing it to grow thicker and develop a deeper root system. This helps grass survive drought, tolerate insect damage and fend off disease.

Only water the lawn when necessary. If you water your lawn and garden, only do it once a week, if rainfall isn’t sufficient. Avoid watering on windy and hot days. Water the lawn and garden in the morning or late in the evening to maximize the amount of water which reaches the plant roots (otherwise most of the water will evaporate.)

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.