Change Your Habits
You can also conserve water without spending a dime, just by adjusting your own usage habits. For example, don't leave the faucet running while you brush your teeth -- the EPA estimates you'll save up to 8 gallons of water a day by turning it off instead. Apply the same approach when washing dishes or rinsing vegetables, as well. While you're at it, here are a few other water-conserving best practices to try:
- Take short showers instead of baths. Unwinding in the tub can use up to 70 gallons of water.
- Don't use the toilet as a wastebasket. It adds unnecessary flushes to the cycle.
- Only run your dishwasher and laundry machines when they're full.
Making these changes to your own routine, as well as to your home, will help not only your bank account, it can keep our planet water-rich for years to come. That's a result worth saving up for.
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