One of the most precious resources on our planet is freshwater. Water may take up almost two-thirds of our planet, but most of that is salt water, which is very hard to purify. We as a planet need to make sure that we are doing the most to conserve as much water as we can. Good thing I have 5 tips to help you start conserving more water.
1 Try to take shorter showers. Showers can consume a ton of water, especially when they go on past 10 or 15 minutes long. Experts say that we should try to keep our showers to 5 minutes, but I know that’s extremely hard to do. Instead, try taking at least 5 minutes off of your shower. That can help save about 7 gallons of water from being used. If you want to be extreme, you can challenge yourself to an Army Shower. This is when you have the water on only to rinse your hair and body. Otherwise the water is off while you lather up with your favorite shampoo and soap.
2 Don’t use an automatic sprinkler this summer. I understand, using an automatic sprinkler can be great because you can simply turn it on and leave, but they actually use way too much water for the area they cover. Instead, take the time to go out with a hose and water what is needed. It’s a great way to get outside more, and it will save a lot of water.
3 Turn off the water when you brush your teeth. This seems like such a small thing, but turning the water off when brushing your teeth can actually save a lot of water over the years. I mean, you’re not using the water for anything when brushing your teeth, so why waste it?
4 Try to start the dishwasher or washing machine only when there’s a full load. Having a half load might seem more time-efficient and better, but it wastes water that way by using far more than what’s needed. Having a full load lets the water get used for its maximum potential.
5 Stop the drip! If you hear a leaky faucet or the annoying drip of the sink, go try to stop that drip. Sure it seems like a tiny bit of water, but if you let it drip all day it can easily fill up a cup. If your faucet is broken, try fixing it yourself or calling a plumber to take care of it for you. Those drips add up quickly over time!
Make it a new goal this summer to try and conserve more water. We don’t have a lot of fresh water on this planet, so we need to make sure to save as much of it was we can!
TXTgirl :: Orange County, CA
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