Turn It Off - the Water, That Is!
A simple and innovative trick to helping the environment is the usage of less water. How can you accomplish this? By turning off the faucet while you are brushing your teeth! Think about it – do you turn on the water before you even pick up your toothbrush and load it with minty paste? You know your dentist is always telling you to floss and to brush your teeth for at least two minutes, so while you are brushing those pearly whites ask yourself: is it really necessary to keep the water running?
Sometimes it is not even brushing our teeth that consumes water. How many times a day do we mindlessly let the tap run? Brushing our teeth, shaving, washing our hands, rinsing the dishes, cleaning vegetables and fruits, getting a cold drink etc.
According to the new EPA WaterSense initiative, the average bathroom sink faucet flows at a rate of two gallons a minute. You can slow that flow by installing a new low-flow faucet.
There is also a statistic that shows you can also save up to 8 gallons of water a day simply by turning off the tap while you brush your teeth in the morning AND at night. Doing the same while shaving is just as effective.
Other tap tips: Keep a pitcher of water, or water purifier, in the fridge so you don't have to run the tap to get a cold drink. When washing your hands, rinse soapy hands for 15 seconds to kill germs. When washing dishes, scrape rather than rinse dishes. (Did you know dishwashers actually save more energy and water than hand washing dishes? Read more here.) When cleaning vegetables, soak the veggies first and then do a quick rinse to clean.
By monitoring your tap, you will not only save money on your next water bill, but also do a favor for the environment.
Also read: Watch how much water goes into your food - Grist