While researching this topic, I found that there are a ton of all encompassing lists about “how to conserve water” on the internet, so I thought I would narrow this down to a list that a regular guy or gal can easily follow and accomplish with little or no effort. I present “5 Super Easy Ways to Conserve 54 Gallons of Water Today!” There are certainly several ways to conserve water that can get rather extensive. I have learned that some individuals even save their shower water to use in the garden. This is certainly noble, but right now this is not a practical step for me. For me, today, I want to learn how I can make the biggest difference possible. Here is my list of 5 super easy ways to conserve 54 gallons of water today:
- Reduce your bath/shower intake. The average bath is between 25 and 50 gallons. Shower heads can emit anywhere between 1 gpm and 10 gpm (where the motto is ‘the best thing since Niagara Falls…. Kind of funny to me, but seriously), but on average about 2.7 gallons per minute. If you shower or bath more than once a day, cutting this down can save 5-50 gallons of fresh water every day. If you shower, you can cut a minute out or if you bath, don’t fill it up all the way. On average, I am going to say that this can ultimately save 25 gallons a day.
- Don’t flush. No, I am not saying you should let a big ol’ Charleston Chew lay when you are at work, but when you are at home there is nothing wrong with the old phrase “Yellow ,let it mellow. Brown, flush it down.” According to the Dual Flush Toilets blog, the average person uses 19 gallons of water a day on the toilet. In other news, I am amazed that there is enough material to make an entire blog about Dual Flush Toilets. Seriously though, being a little easy on the flush lever I can cut out 10 gallons a day.
- Once you finish drinking a bottle of water or pop, refill it with water and put it in your toilet tank. According to the Daily Green, this can save up to 10 Gallons a day.
- Turn off the sink when you are brushing your teeth. According the Greener People, turning off your faucet while you are brushing can save you 5 gallons a day.
- If you are a guy, when you shave do not let the faucet run continuously. Fill the sink basin. A member of the NY assembly indicates that this can save up to 4 gallons a day.
By following the 5 simple steps, you can save 54 gallons of water… today. This assumes that you are reading this post early in the morning and have not already flushed your pee down. Here is the kicker; many of these tips will actually take you LESS effort than if it were business as normal. To add this up, these 5 very simple and easy actions can conserve almost 20,000 gallons of water in a year. We can all make a difference, it does not have to take much effort and it can start today. Please let me know any other ideas you have in the comment area below.