Recent droughts in Southern California, Texas, and elsewhere have heightened awareness around the need to use water sparingly. Even if you don’t pay for water based on volume used or live in a city where the next water crisis always seems to be looming, it’s important to be mindful of your water consumption. Here are eight simple ways to use less water.
Take shorter showers
Challenging yourself to shower less frequently and for shorter durations is a great way to save water. You’ll save even more water if you turn off the tap while lathering up with soap, shampoo, or conditioner.
Cook with what you need and no more
Be conscious of how much water you use while prepping food and cooking. When you boil pasta or veggies, only use as much water as you need. Using appropriately-sized pots and pans will help.
Run garbage disposal less frequently
Don’t make your garbage disposal your go-to means of food scrap removal. Compost instead. It’s better for both your disposal and the environment.
Don’t pre-wash dishes
Modern dishwashers use less water and clean dishes more thoroughly than older models. Only pre-wash dishes with food stuck to them, and do so by soaking several together rather than rinsing under running water.
Defrost frozen goods in the fridge
Frozen meat takes longer to thaw and defrost in the fridge than under a tap. But refrigerator frosting tends to be safer and it can definitely help you cut down on your water consumption. When you have no choice but to defrost food using water due to time constraints, thaw it in a container of water rather than under a running tap.
Use only one glass per day
Regardless of whether you use a dishwasher or wash your dishes by hand, using fewer dishes will help you save water. Instead of using a new glass whenever you get thirsty, try to drink from just one glass per day.
Don’t throw ice away
If your refrigerator has a built-in ice machine, there’s a good chance you’ve dropped a cube on the floor before. The next time this happens, make use of the dropped ice by placing it in a houseplant rather than throwing it out or letting it melt in the sink.
Encourage your kids to use less water
By instilling water-saving practices in your kids, you’ll reduce your household water consumption. Your children will also be more likely to use water responsibly in the future.
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