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Saving Water at Home

January 3, 2012

Water is important to us. We use water for everything from our health and survival to everyday activities and chores. It is also fundamental to the ecosystems that keep our environment and way of living in balance.  That’s why it’s important for us to conserve as much water at home as possible – it is too essential to be wasted, especially during times of scarcity.

Here are some great ways you can conserve more water each day…

  • Always check your toilet for leaks.  If your toilet has a leak, you can be wasting up to 200 gallons of water per day, which is by no means insignificant.  To determine if your toilet has a leak, drop several drops of food coloring in the toilet tank.  After several minutes, if the color appears in the bowl, you have a leak.
  • When washing your fruits and vegetables, use a pan instead of running water. You can waste a lot of water by leaving the faucet running while you scrub and rinse vegetables.  Filling a pan with water will give you what you need to properly wash your produce.
  • Recycle the water that you use. The water you use for rinsing produce can be used to water your lawn and indoor plants, or even to clean your car or patio.  There’s no reason to waste it by simply pouring it down the drain.
  • Install water-saving faucets and showerheads. There are new showerheads and faucets that guarantee water savings compared to ordinary ones, and they are also very easy to install.  You may have to pay more for the hardware up front, but the savings on your water bill will quickly allow them to pay for themselves.
  • Make use of rainwater. While rainwater isn’t always recommended for consumption, it’s great for cleaning purposes. Collect rainwater in a tank in your back yard, and whenever you are ready to clean your house or water your plants, you will have plenty of water to use without running your meter.
  • Take shorter showers. As much as we hate to admit it, there are times when we spend more time in the shower than is necessary.  And, even though it’s great to relax, showers use huge amounts of water, so by cutting down your shower time, you will save significant amounts of water.

Chris George
Oklahoma City Realtor

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