Eco-Tips: Conserving Water


Here in the Northeast we are experiencing somewhat of a drought – we haven’t had a good rainfall in probably a month, which isn’t normal. TreeHugger thought it might be a good idea to post a few tips about conserving water that you can do at home without spending any money. Now many of you TreeHuggers already know what to do and we may have touched on a few of these before, but if you have more tips for us, please feel free to let us and others know.1. Don’t let the water run when brushing your teeth, shaving, etc.
2. Fill the sink with water while washing dishes and only use fresh water when rinsing. Minimize soap to avoid extra rinsing.
3. Run your dishwasher only when it’s full.
4. Limit your shower time. Even a one or two minute reduction can save you 700 gallons!
5. Never pour water down the drain if there’s another use for it, such as watering your plants or garden.
6. Set the water level in your washing machine for the size of the load.
7. Always water your lawn or garden during the cool time of the day (at night or early morning) to minimize evaporation.
8. Instead of letting the water run while cleaning your veggies rinse them in a pot with water.
9. Compost instead of using the garbage disposal.
10. Wash your car on the lawn instead of the driveway. The water will help the grass, but don’t forget to use eco-friendly car wash.

Don’t forget to encourage your friends and neighbors to conserve as well. Every drop counts! For more great tips and water amounts that you can help conserve check ::Mono Lake Committee of California