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Help the planet - and your cash flow

July 20, 2009

Water conservation is critical to help meet the future needs of communities, and to lessen the strain on our fragile ecosystems. A little water conservation at home can also save you some cash.

Here are 12 ways you can reduce water consumption in your life, as recommended by

  • Designate one glass for drinking water all day to reduce the number of glasses that need to be washed.
  • Don’t let the water run when rinsing your dishes. Fill one sink with wash water and one sink with rinse water. 
  • Adjust your sprinklers so they’re watering your lawn -- and not the sidewalks, fences, or street. 
  • Run your washing machine only when it’s full. This can save up to 1,000 gallons of water per month.
  • Use your garbage disposal sparingly. Compost instead.
  • Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when it’s cooler to minimize evaporation. 
  • Wash fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of under running tap water. 
  • Use organic mulch around plants to retain moisture
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway
  • Shorten your shower time by just one or two minutes to save up to 150 gallons of water per month. 
  • Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If you see it seep into the bowl without flushing, you’ve got a leak. Fix it and you can save up to 1,000 gallons of water per month.
  • Turn faucets off tightly after each use.