Honestly, most of these tips can be used year round, but since old man winter is approaching, there’s many ways we can take advantage of this wetter and colder time of the year to save more water at home and conserve this precious commodity.
Many of us have an almost empty bottle or half-full glass of water leftover on a nightstand, end table or other space found inside our home at the end of every day. Instead of simply dumping this liquid down the drain, we can repurpose it in other ways like watering houseplants or topping off our pet’s water dishes.
Lather, Rinse and Repeat
The majority of us wash our hair almost everyday, but there’s many different reasons why this isn’t really a healthy process. This repeated cleansing ritual can actually causes problems including robbing hair of it’s natural oils that can cause dandruff, dry and itchy skin. Every other day or even every third day is often more than enough to keep a healthy head of hair intact.
When colder months come calling, some tend to take extra-long hot showers simply because it feels really nice during these chillier months. To stop taking advantage of this extended comfort period, use a device to set a time limit during this daily cleansing routine. With a smartphone or other type of a device, set it on a bathroom counter to give an alert when it’s time to rinse off and end shower time.
Using Timers More or Less
Speaking of timers, many of us already have timers set on outdoor sprinkler systems, but depending upon where you live and the weather patterns, some of us can temporarily turn off or disable these devices when more rain is falling. If a dry spell occurs during this downtime, hand watering lawns and foliage can be more efficient.
Making sure loads of laundry and dishes are only done when they’re completely full is simply a matter of scheduling and timing. It takes the same amount of water to wash a few items in a dishwashing cycle than it does to run a full load. When it comes to laundry, a large capacity load only takes a couple more gallons than just washing just a few items on a smaller setting.
Interim Turn Offs
Daily tasks that occur multiple times, like washing hands, brushing teeth and other grooming rituals will occur just as efficiently with the water turned off during the cleansing process instead simply letting the liquid to continue running down the drain. The water doesn’t need to be flowing the entire time while performing these tasks.
It’s Not That Gross
There’s an old bathroom idiom that playfully states, “if it’s yellow, let it mellow, if it’s brown, flush it down.” Think of it this way, standing urine in the toilet bowl won’t damage the porcelain, cause excessive odors or create any other problems on a short-term basis. For that matter, urinating in the shower will not only save on gallons of water during the flushing process, but it’s also said to help with problems like preventing or curing athlete’s foot fungus.
Saving water, being more environmentally-friendly conscious and conserving our natural resources is more of a mindset and not necessarily a chore. Given just a few minor adjustments to our daily habits or weekly routines will make a major difference for our planet along with our monthly utility bills.
Gwen Eve Lewis is a freelance writer from Southern California and has contributed to several beauty and health blogs as well as business/social media sites.
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