Water conservation isn’t just limited to the outdoors or to the summer months. Inside your home, there are several ways that you can reduce the amount of water wasted on a daily basis. The Environmental Protection Agency states that the average family’s water use is roughly 300 gallons per day during the winter months compared to over 1,000 gallons in the summertime. As much as 70 percent of this use occurs indoors according to the EPA. There are many high usage areas inside your home where water may be wasted. Consider these water saving tips to save yourself money over the holidays:
- Don’t let the water run while shaving or brushing your teeth. Turn off the tap in between rinsing.
- Take showers instead of baths. The EPA says a five-minute shower uses 10-25 gallons of water compared to a full tub that requires 70 gallons.
- Wash full loads only.
- Use the correct load size and water level.
- When using the dishwasher, make sure it’s a full load.
- Thaw frozen foods in the refrigerator instead of running water over it.
- Don’t rinse your plate to clean it, scrape it off before putting it in the dishwasher.
- Use a bowl or basin in the sink when rinsing fruit or vegetables to catch excess water. This allows you to reuse the water for plants inside the house.
- Overwatering is the main cause of death for indoor houseplants. Wilting can be a sign of overwatering rather than under-watering.
- Soil gnats flying around your plant are a good indicator it’s being overwatered. A good rule of thumb is to check the moisture level. If the soils feels wet to the touch, do not water it.
- Indoor plants tend to go dormant in the winter and don’t require as much water as they do in the spring or summertime.
Wasted water negatively affects the environment. By adhering to these simple steps, households can help save money for the holidays while ensuring more water will be available for the future. For more information, please click here or here.