Every Drop Matters: Tips On How To Conserve Water
Every day, Americans use an average of 60 gallons of water each, according to Water Footprint Calculator. With nearly two thirds of this down to toilet, shower and faucet use, it's easy to think that not much can be done to reduce the numbers. However, the opposite is true. Just as it's possible to use your garden in sustainable ways, there are many simple things you can do to save water and, in doing so, help the planet.
Upgrade inefficient home appliances
Many of us have too many water-guzzling appliances in our homes, and our showers and washing machines account for up to 20% of our energy bills. Modern appliances are now much more energy-efficient and are worth investing in. Look for clothes washers which have earned the ‘ENERGY STAR’ certification: these use a third less water than older, less efficient models, and could potentially save you hundreds of dollars in bills each year.
Turn your faucet off
This sounds obvious: why would you keep your faucet on unnecessarily? The truth is, the majority of us do just that when we're brushing our teeth. Turning the faucet off while we brush can save 6 liters of water per minute. With this in mind, resist the urge to wash up small amounts by hand. Save on the water lost through the faucet by filling up the dishwasher, which uses far less water than multiple rounds of washing up.
Eat less meat
Scientists have recently condoned shifting to a plant-based diet as a way of conserving water globally. The production of meat and animal produce requires about 1.5 times more water than that of crops, with red meat in particular having the largest water footprint. As a result, by following a diet that consists of less meat, water consumption could be cut considerably across the world.
A little goes a long way
Water is vital for the future of our planet, and the amount that is wasted on a day-to-day basis is unsustainable. Whether it be upgrading to more water-efficient household goods, being more mindful of your faucet use or reducing your meat intake, there are plenty of very simple steps you can take to conserve water. By raising awareness of the many small ways in which we can reduce water usage, we can all play a part in helping the sustainability of our planet.
Written By: Jennifer Dawson