Ways to Conserve Water

As a tenant of a residence, rather than an owner, I’ve often wondered what are some decisions that I can make around the house in an effort to stave off rising energy bills as well as just to do whatever bit I can to reduce my footprint. Without incurring costs to do so. We do pretty well with our energy, there are a few more cuts we could make so that the meter will slow to a creep, but all in all we’re doing fairly well. I’m actually more concerned with how, I specifically, utilize our water resource. I never take it for granted, the realization that I can just turn on a tap and out it comes, where in some countries they don’t even have that luxury. I believe, or want to believe, that I’m mindful of that resource, so I’ve done some research on ways I can cut back on my water usage and I thought I’d share the results. They are in no specific order.

— Put plastic bottles or float booster in the toilet water tank
I’m not so sure on this one, but I figure it can’t hurt. I’ve read mixed reviews on this practice. The goal though is to reduce the amount of water it takes to flush.

— Check your toilet for leaks
Add food coloring to the water tank, wait 30 min. without flushing and if the color is showing in the bowl, you’ve got a leak. Should be an easy and cheap fix.

— Take a shorter shower
I’m guilty. I love showers, it’s like being in a rain-forest with warm water. If I were to evaluate I think I will stop shaving in the shower in order to reduce the length of time. Four minutes is the goal.

— Rinse you razor in the sink
Fill the sink with a few inches of warm water. This will rinse your razor just as well as running water, with far less waste.

— Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush

— Wash veggies/fruit in a bowl of water vs. keeping the water running to rinse.

— When washing dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running for rinsing.
If your have a double-basin, fill one with soapy water and one with rinse water. If you have a single-basin sink, gather washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a spray device or a panful of hot water.

— If it’s yellow let it mellow, and if it’s brown send it down.
This is one practice we already use, but it’s just still so much fun to say.

It’s difficult around our apartment, since we share water for the building and we are only responsible for 2/5’s of the water usage. The goal though is to reduce the usage & if we do our part, then the bill should still go down. I very much live a plugged in life and a dream of living unplugged. It’s a difficult task as I try to unburden us with all those things that shackle us. We are trying to find a balance between living independent and not becoming recluses in the woods. These are all steps in the direction that I want to live my life.

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Posted on July 10, 2009, in Environment, Reflections and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Don’t forget the “island” trick of lowering the fill valve in the toilet. This can reduce the amount of water used per flush.

    Great tips!

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