20 Tips for Conserving Water and Saving Money

Water is one of the earth's most precious resources. It's one that we should strive to conserve whenever possible! We've provided 20 ways you can conserve on your water consumption and save money on your water bill.

It doesn't matter if you live alone, with a roommate, or with a large family; everyone can take small steps to conserve water every day.

1. Invest in a rain barrel or large container – it's so easy to collect rainwater when it comes down throughout the year. Use this gathered (and free) water to provide moisture to your garden, fruit trees, or flowers. You can even fill your pet's dishes with rain water.

2. Install a low-flow showerhead on all showerheads so you'll use less water while showering.

3. Take fewer baths or eliminate baths completely. It takes several gallons of water to fill a tub just so we can soak! If you must take a bath, use less water or take baths less frequently.

4. Replace the toilet flapper about once each year, preferably prior to it breaking down.

5. Fill the sink when washing dishes instead of letting the water run constantly.

6. Washing machines and dishwashers should only be run through a cycle if they are full.

7. Conduct regular inspections of your outdoor faucets to make sure they're not leaking.

8. Unless it's 90 degrees out and you've sweated profusely in your clothes, it's ok to wear pants, sweatshirts, and pajamas more than once before tossing them into the laundry hamper.

9. Invest in an on-demand water heater so you only heat the water when you need it.

10. Spend a few dollars on a car wash instead of washing the car in your driveway and you'll actually save money on water that way.

11. Fill a small pool or container with water for the children rather than letting a sprinkler run for long summer days.

12. Put mulch around your flowers and garden plants so that evaporation is slower and the soil stays moist longer.

13. Use that greywater! Collect the water you run when you're waiting for the water to get hot, when you're waiting for it to get cold, or while you're rinsing vegetables and fruits; use that water to give moisture to indoor and outdoor plants and garden vegetables.

14. Shave off a few minutes from your shower time and you'll save a lot of money each year!

15. Use the same glass throughout the day for each family member – creates a lot fewer dishes to wash each day.

16. Utilize a drip irrigation system if it's reasonable for your situation.

17. Choose plants and flowers that require less water and you'll get to enjoy beautiful landscaping without the constant watering (and cost of watering).

18. Don't toss the water from cooking vegetables or meats – instead, use it as a base for making delicious beef, chicken, or vegetable soup.

19. Use the left over water from canning to water flowers or gardens.

20. Drop an ice cube? Toss it into a plant container rather than putting it in the sink.

Pretty easy things to do, aren't they? Just think of the positive impact we could have on the world's water supply if each of us did just 20 things to conserve our water consumption!

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