The top ways to save water AND cash this spring
It may be hard to believe in a country where with a turn of the faucet you can have all you want, and at whatever temperature you prefer, but it’s true. With just one percent of the earth’s water being drinkable, rising population growth and aging infrastructure, the cost of water is only expected to rise for the foreseeable future. The threat has gotten so real that the government is willing to incentivize water conservation through tax breaks–yes, this is serious stuff.
The EPA estimates that the average homeowner spends more than $500/year on water and sewage costs. Combine that spending with the tax breaks you’re missing out on for not making changes in you consumption and you’re easily out a good $1,000 every year.
We’re no tree huggers, but when we can save money and the earth at the same time, we’re all for it. We’ve consulted the experts and collected the top ways to save water this spring and summer.
1. If installing a lawn, choose a mix that needs less water and matches your climate condition. Save yourself water and lawn care hours!
2. Never throw out water. Give your half glass to a pet, give your pets leftovers to a plant – your plants are not germophobes.
3. Turn off the water while your brush your teeth and save up to gallons a minute. (Yes, this is for real!)
4. Check faucets and pipes for leaks. Even a small drip can waste 20 gallons per day.
5. You can sing elsewhere – Take shorter showers. One way to cut down on water use is to turn off the shower after soaping up, then turn it back on to rinse. A four-minute shower uses 20-40 gallons of water.
6. Defrost frozen food in the refrigerator – not under running water!
7. Watch your watering: water your lawn or garden early in the morning or late in the evening, and adjust your sprinklers so that they don’t water the sidewalk or street. Don’t water on rainy or cloudy days.
8. If it’s yellow, let it mellow. Hopefully we don’t have to explain this one.
9. Don’t run the dishwasher unless it’s full!
10.Keep an eye on your bill to spot leaks. If your water bill spikes suddenly, there’s a good chance that a leak is the culprit. Call in a plumber to check your lines to save water and cash!
11.Utilize a shower bucket. Instead of letting the water pour down the drain, stick a bucket under the faucet while you wait for your shower water to heat up. You can use the water for flushing the toilet or watering your plants.
12.Turn off the tap while washing your hands. Do you need the water to run while you’re scrubbing your hands? Save a few gallons of water and turn the faucet off after you wet your hands until you need to rinse.
13.Fill a jug with tap water and place this in your fridge. This will mean you do not have to leave the cold tap running for the water to run cold before you fill your glass.
14.Install a water butt to your drainpipe and use the water collected to water your plants, clean your car and wash your windows.