April is Earth Month: 10 Tips to Save Water
Clean water is in jeopardy at home and around the world. We all must do our part to protect clean water, not only by fundraising for our Earth Month partners, but by making changes that help protect and conserve water locally. Check out these easy tips to get started.
- SAVE TIME. SAVE WATER.
Cut just 3 minutes from your usual shower time, and you can save 6 gallons (22.7 litres) of water.* If you shower daily, you could save 2,190 gallons (8,290 litres) of water a year!
- PREVENT POLLUTION.
Buy organic produce—because runoff from traditional farms can pollute water. Also recycle electronics, appliances, fluorescent light bulbs, silver batteries and paint—to help keep pollutants out of the water supply. Visit https://earth911.com/ to find a location near you to recycle these items.
- PICK GREAT PLANTS.
Choose native plants instead of a traditional grass lawn because they don’t require herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers that can pollute water. Check out Audubon’s Plants for Birds database to identify which native plants are best suited to your environment.
- MAKE MEALS MEATLESS.
Skip meat one day a week and save hundreds of gallons/litres of water! It takes 1,840 gallons (6,965 litres) of water to produce just 1 lb/.45 kg of meat. Learn more at http://water.usgs.gov/edu/activity-watercontent.php.
- PLANT ICE.
Place ice cubes under the moss or dirt of your potted plants and hanging baskets to give your plants a cool drink that won’t overflow or waste water. Use leftover ice from your drinks instead of wasting it.
- FILL UP TO CUT DOWN
Make sure your washing machine and dishwasher are filled to capacity before running them—to cut energy and water use. You can save even more by air-drying your clothes on a clothesline.
- COMPOST TO CONSERVE.
Compost fruit and vegetable peelings and waste instead of using the garbage disposal. You’ll save gallons/litres of water each time! Contact your local hauler to see if you can set up curbside pickup for your organics. Alternatively, learn how you can compost at home. Learn more at https://www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/compost/how-tocompost/.
- SKIP THE BOTTLED WATER.
It takes three times as much water to make the bottle as it does to fill it! Carry a refillable
water bottle instead. Learn more at https://www.banthebottle.net/bottled-water-facts/
- SAVE ELECTRICITY – AND WATER.
It takes about 2 gallons (7.6 litres)* of fresh water to generate each kilowatt-hour of traditional electricity. So turn it off if you’re not using it! Ready to take things a step further? Arrange an energy audit to identify the top opportunities in your home or salon to cut energy. Learn more at https://energy.gov/energysaver/home-energy-audits/professional-home-energy-audits. *https://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy04osti/33905.pdf
- STOP THE LEAK.
On average, leaks account for 14% of indoor water use in the U.S. And, what may seem like a small drop in the bucket adds up on your water bill! To check if your home has any hidden leaks: first read your water meter and then don’t use any water for two hours. If your meter reads the same afterward, you’re tight!