Our water use habits are something that we have developed throughout the course of our lives. If we change some of our existing habits just a little, we will be conserving water without any real effort on our part. It is as simple as making a few different decisions throughout the day.
The simple task of washing a small amount of dishes by hand instead of running the dishwasher when it is not completely full can save ten to twenty gallons of water a day. When washing dishes by hand it is estimated that five gallons of water can be saved simply by filling the sink with water instead of using water to rinse and wash the dishes. By having a sink filled with clean water to rinse the dishes instead of turning the faucet on and off every time you need to rinse something is very helpful in your quest to save water.
It is also suggested that in order to save water that you turn off the water while you are brushing your teeth and hands. This will cut down on the excess water that is going down the drain if you leave the water running while doing these tasks. You can also cut down on the amount of water used in your household by taking showers instead of baths. Showers are quicker and use less water than filling up the bathtub.
You can also save water while doing laundry. It is important to always use the correct water level for the amount of clothes that you are washing. You should also only wash when you have a full load that needs to done, this will cut down on the amount of times you run your washer.
Changing your watering habits may also have a dramatic effect on the amount of water you use on your lawn and flower beds. By changing the time you water to the evening or early morning hours when it is cooler, you will decrease the amount of evaporation and insure that your lawn and landscaping get the correct amount of water to keep them thriving.
Simply by following a few of these steps you are decreasing the amount of fresh water that is used on a regular basis in your home. These may seem like small things, but the benefits can add up if done on a regular basis.