As rising populations continue to deplete the Earth’s natural water resources, more and more people are making the effort to conserve water. The good news is that water conservation doesn’t require much effort; in fact, there are a variety of ways to conserve water by making simple changes to your daily routine. Here are four of the best and easiest ways to save water throughout the day:
1. Re-Use Cold Shower Water
You’d be surprised at how much water you waste when you run the shower and wait for the water to heat up. One way to combat this is to place a large bucket under the shower head to collect the cold and lukewarm water while you wait for your water heater to kick in. After you shower, use the water in the bucket for other purposes, such as washing your car or watering plants, so that it doesn’t go to waste.
2. Install Low-Flow Faucets and Shower heads
Traditional faucet and shower head models are needlessly wasteful, and there are now a wide variety of water-conserving low-flow faucets and shower heads available. The amount of water you can conserve by making the switch is huge: most conventional faucets flow at around 5 gallons per minute, while low-flow faucets use around 1.5 a minute; for showers, a low-flow shower head can cut water usage from 5 gallons per minute to 2.5 per minute.
3. Turn the Faucet off When Shaving and Brushing Teeth
Unfortunately, most people tend to leave the faucet running when they brush their teeth or shave, and the only purpose this serves is to save you a few seconds of time. Rather than be lazy, leave the faucet on only when applying water to your toothbrush and when shaving. While this technique may seem like it won’t conserve a significant amount of water, you can end up saving around three gallons a day!
4. Don’t Use Water When Defrosting Food
One final tip for conserving water throughout the day is to avoid defrosting food with water. Putting meat or other frozen foods in a water bath might be the traditional method, but it can end up wasting a lot of water. Instead, either place frozen foods in the refrigerator overnight or (when possible) defrost them using the microwave. These methods are just as effective for defrosting food, and by using this method, you can end up saving anywhere from 150 to 250 gallons per month.