How much water do you use every day? Every week? Every month? Is it a lot? Is it too much? If you want to do a small part to help the environment (and lower your water bill), consider if there's any room to adjust your water usage in these five ways.
1. You take baths (or really, really long showers)
Luxuriating in a hot bath after a long day is truly a beautiful thing. So is enjoying a beer in the shower if that's your sort of thing. But both of those activities can use up a lot of water. Showers use less water than baths. Short showers use less water than long ones. And showers with a special water conserving shower head can use the least amount of water.
2. You run your dishwasher and your washing machine when they're only partially full
While it might be convenient to throw on a wash of clothes or dishes that you need when the machines are only a quarter or half full, you're wasting a lot of water by not packing them full before running them. You can also read your manual to see what settings can be adjusted on your machines to get them to run effectively on the least amount of water needed to get the job done.
3. You flush the toilet unecessarily
Do you use your toilet to throw trash away? Dispose of bugs? Flush things other than what you're supposed to be flushing? Different toilets require different gallons of water to flush them, but no matter how many gallons yours takes, you're wasting that water if you're flushing something that is not human waste.
4. You might have leaks around the house
You might think a couple of drips here and there isn't a big deal, but those drips could really be adding up, especially over time. Inspect your pipes inside and out to see if anything can be tightened or repaired to make sure no water is leaking out.
5. You let the faucet run while you do things
This is one of those "classic" tips that we've been told for years...are you following it? Or could you use a reminder? Shut that faucet off while you brush your teeth and wash the dishes by hand and save water.