Uncommon Ways to Save Water at Home

Next to air, water is the most important element for the preservation of life. Water is a finite commodity that, if not managed properly, will result in shortages in the near future. Water conservation can go a long way to help alleviate these impending shortages. The most effective way to save water is to upgrade to efficient fixtures. But there are other ways apart from the obvious ones to help reduce the amount of water you use at home.

Install Low or Dual Flush Models

Consider purchasing a dual flush toilet or installing a dual flush converter that turns a standard toilet into a dual flush toilet, saving an average family 15,000 gallons of water each year. More water can be used when it’s needed, but for most flushes you’ll be using 70% less, adding up to some significant water savings.

Use Clothes Washer for Only Full Loads

With clothes washers, avoid the permanent-press cycle, which uses an added 5 gallons (20 liters) for the extra rinse. For partial loads, adjust water levels to match the size of the load.

Opt for the Dishwasher Over Hand Washing

It may seem counterintuitive, but it turns out washing dishes by hand uses a lot more water than running the dishwasher, even more so if you have a water-conserving model.

Double-Dip Dishes

Take a page from the past and make smart use of dual sinks. Instead of letting the water run while you wash dishes, fill one sink with hot, soapy water for washing, and the other with cool, clear water for rinsing. You’ll use half the water you otherwise would. If your sink is a single model, use two large bowls for washing and rinsing.

Eat Less Water-Intensive Foods

Our diets account for roughly half of all the water we use. All food has a water footprint, but some are much larger than others. Eating less beef, one of the most water-intensive foods, is a smart place to start. Shifting away from animal products to a plant-based diet can shrink your water footprint significantly.

Buy Less

Consumer products are an often-overlooked source of water use, accounting for up to a third of most people’s water footprint. Buying less of everything—from clothing to electronics to household goods—can dramatically decrease your water footprint.

Cover Swimming Pools to Reduce Evaporation

Swimming pools can lose an inch or more of water each week to evaporation. Temperature, humidity, wind, and the way the pool is situated can all affect how quickly water evaporates. To save thousands of gallons of pool water each season, get a cover for your pool.

These are some ways you could take an extra step to reduce your usage of water

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