Because 71% of the earth is covered in water, many of us are guilty of not truly understanding the importance of conserving it. However, since each of us depends on water to sustain life, it’s our responsibility to learn about water conservation and to take the right steps to keep our water supply safe for future generations. Below we’ve identified some of the top reasons why water conservation is so important.
- Roughly 97% of the water on earth is salt water, which is not suitable for drinking. Out of the 3% of fresh water on our planet, 2% is locked in ice caps and glaciers, leaving a measly 1% available for drinking
- For plants, animals, humans, and every living organism, water equals life. Without water, there is no life
- Water use and energy use in buildings are linked. In most cases, electricity or gas is used to heat water, so the less hot water you use, the less energy you need, and the more money you save
- Because reducing your water consumption reduces the amount of energy required to process it and deliver it to you, water conservation helps reduce pollution and preserve our environment
- Water is essential for growing crops, cooking, and cleaning
Luckily, using simple water conservation techniques can help cut your water usage significantly. If you commit to making just a little bit of extra effort each day, your actions alone can make a difference in helping maintain a healthy water supply to sustain life on earth and also preserve our environment.
Check out these simple lifestyle changes and home improvements you can make to save water and ultimately cut back on your household energy costs.
In the bathroom:
- Take showers instead of baths
- Take shorter showers
- Consider installing a low-flow showerhead and toilet
- Turn off faucets when you’re washing your face, brushing your teeth, or shaving
In the kitchen:
- Operate your dishwasher only when it’s fully loaded
- When you wash your dishes by hand, fill one side with soap and water for washing, and the other with fresh water for rinsing
- Rather than utilizing your garbage disposal, start a compost pile
- Boil food in as little water as possible
In the laundry room:
- Only run the washer with a full load and use the shortest cycle for lightly soiled clothing
- Wash your jeans less – not only will this help save energy, but it will also keep extending the life of your jeans
- Install a smart sprinkler which can read weather patterns and help you water only when necessary
- Time your gardening by watering outdoor plants early in the morning or at the end of the day to stop water immediately evaporating. Be sure to water the soil so that the liquid goes straight into the roots
- Use a rain barrel to harvest rainwater from gutters to use for gardens and lawns
- When landscaping, use drought-tolerant plants and plants native to your climate that require minimal watering
- Place a layer of mulch around your plants to help prevent water from evaporating and ensure that water gets down to the roots
- Fix leaky faucets and running toilets
- Consider replacing outdated appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines with energy-efficient Energy Star models
- Insulate your water pipes to get hot water faster and avoid wasting water while it heats up
- When you wash fresh produce, re-use the same water for your household plants rather than filling up a watering can
- When washing your car, use a bucket filled with soap and water and a sponge rather than running the hose the entire time
With growing population rates and such a small percentage of freshwater on earth, it’s crucial that we utilize our water supply wisely. Start simple by correcting wasteful habits, then tackle the home improvements with these water conservation tips.
Being water smart is one of the many ways to save energy throughout your home, and it is also most certainly crucial to living more sustainably. As a company, we’re devoted to helping our customers make the right choices for our planet, not only by offering earth-conscious energy products, but also by maintaining regular communications with them (through our blog, social media channels, newsletters, and press releases); offering green-living tips, weather-readiness tips, industry news, and more.