100 Ways To Conserve Water

The Ultimate Guide to Water Conservation

You and I are wondering what we can do to save H2O. I always say go for the low hanging fruit. Do the easy stuff. Well, guess what, my friends? In the water world... it is harvest time - and it's super easy.

Read the comprehensive 100 water saving tips below and see how saving water will save you loads of moola and energy - not to mention saving that awesome elixir of life that keeps us all alive and well.

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  1. There are a number of ways to save water and they start with you.
  2. When you save water, you save money on your utility and energy bills too.
  3. Use a water-efficient showerhead. They can save you up to 750 gallons a month and hundreds of $$$ a year in energy and water bills - per shower.
  4. Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered.
  5. To save water and time, consider washing your face or brushing your teeth while in the shower.
  6. Wash fruits and vegetables in a bowl of water instead of running water from the tap.
  7. When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to your plants.
  8. Upgrade older toilets with water efficient models.
  9. Turn off water when brushing your teeth n' save 25 gallons a month.
  10. Collect water from your roof to water your garden.
  11. Bathe your young children together.
  12. Have your plumber re-route your gray water to trees and gardens rather than letting it run into the sewer line. Check with your city codes, and if it isn't allowed in your area, start a movement to get that changed.
  13. Wash your pets outdoors in an area of your lawn that needs water.
  14. Teach your children to turn off faucets tightly after each use.
  15. For dishes, don't run water when rinsing. Use 1 sink for wash water and 1 for rinse water.
  16. Some appliances are cooled with wasted flows of h2o. Change to air-cooled items for savings.
  17. Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
  18. Run clothes washer and dishwasher when full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
  19. Pick shrubs & ground covers over turf for hard-to-water areas like slopes & isolated strips.
  20. Install covers on pools and spas and check for leaks around your pumps.
  21. Use garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable waste and save gallons every time.
  22. Plant in the fall when conditions are cooler and rainfall is more plentiful.
  23. Keep h2o in refrigerator. Don't run tap, so every drop goes down you and not the drain.
  24. Monitor water bill for high use. Your bill and water meter can help you discover leaks.
  25. Water your lawn & garden in the am or pm when temps are cooler to minimize evaporation.
  26. Wash fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.
  27. Spreading organic mulch around plants retains moisture & saves water, time and money.
  28. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk to conserve water.
  29. If your shower fills a 1-gallon bucket in under 20 secs, use a water-efficient shower head.
  30. If water runs off lawn, split watering time into shorter periods for better absorption.
  31. We often notice indoor leaks. Don't forget to check outdoor faucets, sprinklers & hoses.
  32. If you have an automatic refilling device, check your pool periodically for leaks.
  33. Upgrade appliances with cycle and load size adjustments for water & energy efficiency.
  34. Shorten your shower by a minute or two. You'll save up to 150 gallons per month.
  35. Use sprinklers for large areas of grass. Water small patches by hand to avoid waste.
  36. When running a bath, plug tub before turning on h2o, then adjust the temp as the tub fills.
  37. Walkways & patios never need to be watered and can also add value to your property.
  38. Collect water from your roof to water your garden.
  39. Designate a drinking glass daily or refill a bottle. This cuts down on glasses to wash.
  40. Don't use a watering schedule, check soil moisture 2 to 3 inches below surface before watering.
  41. Install a rain sensor on your irrigation controller so the system won't run when raining.
  42. Don't use running h2o to thaw food. Defrost in fridge for h2o efficiency & food safety.
  43. Use drip irrigation 4 shrubs & trees to apply water directly to roots where it's needed.
  44. Grab a wrench & fix the leaky faucet! It's simple, cheap & can save 140 gallons a week.
  45. Reduce the amount of lawn in your yard by planting shrubs and ground covers.
  46. When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.
  47. Teach your children to turn off faucets tightly after each use.
  48. Periodically check sprinkler system valves for leaks & keep sprinkler heads in good shape.
  49. Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
  50. Don't water lawn on windy days as most of the water blows away or evaporates.
  51. Water plants deeply but less frequently to encourage root growth & drought tolerance.
  52. Know the location of master h2o shut-off valve. It can save h2o & prevent home damage.
  53. To decrease wasted h2o on sloping lawns, apply h2o for 5 minutes & repeat 2 to 3 times.
  54. Group plants with same watering needs to avoid overwatering some & underwatering others.
  55. Trickling and cascading fountains lose less h2o to evaporation than those spraying into air.
  56. Use a commercial car wash that recycles water.
  57. Avoid recreational water toys that require a constant flow of water.
  58. Use a rain gauge, or empty can to track rainfall. Then reduce your watering accordingly.
  59. Encourage your school system & local gov't to develop and promote water conservation.
  60. Set a timer when watering. A running hose can discharge up to 10 gallons a minute.
  61. If your toilet flapper doesn't close after flushing, replace it.
  62. Make sure there are water-saving aerators on all of your faucets.
  63. If installing a lawn, use turf mix or a blend that matches climate & site conditions.
  64. Cut back on rinsing with new dishwashers as they clean more thoroughly than older ones.
  65. Mark pool h2o level at the skimmer with grease pencil. Check mark in 24 hrs for leaking.
  66. Kids want to cool off? Use the sprinkler in an area where your lawn needs it the most.
  67. Make sure your swimming pools, fountains & ponds are equipped with recirculating pumps.
  68. Bathe your young children together.
  69. Ask local nursery for info on plant selection & placement for optimum outdoor h2o savings.
  70. Winterize outside spigots when temps go below freezing two prevent leaking/bursting pipes.
  71. Insulate hot water pipes for more immediate hot h2o at the faucet & for energy savings.
  72. Wash your car on the lawn, and you'll water your lawn at the same time.
  73. Drop your tissue in the trash instead of flushing it and save water every time.
  74. Direct h2o from rain gutters & HVAC systems toward water-loving plants for h2o savings.
  75. Make suggestions to your employer about ways to save water and money at work.
  76. Support projects that use reclaimed wastewater for irrigation and industrial uses.
  77. Use hose nozzle or turn h2o off when washing the car. You save up to 100 gallons.
  78. Share water conservation tips with friends and neighbors.
  79. Washing dark clothes in cold water saves h2o & energy & helps clothes keep their colors.
  80. Toilet installed before 1992? Reduce h2o used when flushing with a displacement device in tank.
  81. Report broken pipes, open hydrants & errant sprinklers to property owner or h2o provider.
  82. Let the lawn go dormant in the summer. It needs watering every 3 weeks or less if it rains.
  83. Plant with finished compost to add water-holding & nutrient-rich organic matter to soil.
  84. Leaking faucets & running toilets? Fixing it can save 300 gallons a month or more.
  85. Water only when necessary. More plants die from over-watering than from under-watering.
  86. Turn off the water while you wash your hair to save up to 150 gallons a month.
  87. Apply water only as fast as the soil can absorb it.
  88. Re-use water left from cooked or steamed foods to start a scrumptious & nutritious soup.
  89. Adjust watering schedule monthly to match weather conditions & landscape requirements.
  90. Aerate a lawn at least once a yr so h2o can reach roots rather than run off the surface.
  91. Turn off the water while you shave and save up to 300 gallons a month.
  92. Handwashing dishes? Fill basin or a large container & rinse after all dishes are scrubbed.
  93. Reuse your pet’s old drinking water to water your trees or shrubs.
  94. To save water and time, wash your face or brushing your teeth while in the shower.
  95. While staying in a hotel or even at home, consider reusing your towels.
  96. Throw trimmings and peelings from fruits and vegetables into your yard compost.
  97. When backflushing your pool, consider using the water on your landscaping.
  98. When you have ice left in your cup from a take-out restaurant, dump it on a plant.
  99. When you are washing your hands, don't let the water run while you lather.
  100. Let leaf litter accumulate on soil. This keeps the soil cooler & reduces evaporation.

Or, you may have some water saving ideas of your own.

Thanks. Now let's get steppin' and splashin'.

Written by Leslie Gabriel of www.watercheck.biz
Leslie Gabriel is an H2O enthusiast and self proclaimed ambassador for water. After beating lifelong chronic skin rashes and other ailments, by simply using pure water to detox his body and mind, Leslie is a passionate believer in the power of water.