Even though 70% of the earth's surface is covered by water, less than 1% is suitable for consumption. With the earth's population continuing to rise, it is critical that we get smarter about how we use our supply of potable water. The good news is that we all can make a difference just by making a few small changes to our daily habits.
When it comes to saving water in the Bathroom, a few small steps can make a big difference. Consider these tips for reducing your water consumption every day.
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, and rinse out the sink when you're finished.
- Capture shower/bath water while waiting for water to change temperatures: This excess water can be used for watering plants.
- Don't wait for the water to get hot before filling the tub for a bath. Put in the plug and adjust the water temperature as the tub fills.
- Do not use the toilet as a garbage can: Only flush the toilet when disposing of sanitary waste.
- Turn off the water while shaving: Fill the bottom of the sink with a few inches of water to rinse your razor.
In The Kitchen
With about 70% of the Earth covered in water, it's easy to assume that we'll never run out. People living in areas where water is scarce, however, already understand the importance of conserving this precious resource. The good news is that we can all make a difference just by making a few small changes to our daily habits.
When it comes to saving water in the Kitchen, a few small steps can make a big difference. Consider these tips for reducing your water consumption every day.
- Capture running water while waiting for the temperature to change: this excess water can be used to water plants.
- When washing dishes by hand, use as little water as possible.
- Use only the required amount of dish soap and put the dishes in a rack to rinse them all together and reduce rinse water.
- Be sure to use short bursts instead of letting the water run when rinsing.
- When you use the dishwasher, use appropriate water and energy efficient settings.
- Keep a container of drinking water in the refrigerator.
- With cold drinking water on hand, you'll waste less then you would while waiting for the tap to change temperature for each glass of water.
- When cooking, use only the amount of water required; this reduces the amount of water wasted when straining.
- In the laundry room, be sure to match the water level with your load size.
- If your washing machine doesn't allow manual water level adjustment, wait until you have a full load before you run your machine.