World Water Day is coming up on March 22. To mark the occasion, we’re sharing some easy ways to conserve water at home. But first — what’s the point of conserving water? While 71% of the earth is covered in water, only 0.5% is fit for consumption. That means we have to preserve it for future generations, despite the fact that it’s a renewable resource. Plus, clean water production and transportation requires a large amount of energy and resources that can be saved through water conservation. You’ll save money on your water bill by cutting down on water usage, too. Like so many sustainable practices, the best place to start is right at home. Here are some simple ways to conserve water at home in your apartment.
Mind Your Faucets
“Never let the water run!” Who else remembers this jingle from their pre-school days? The saying holds true — to conserve water at home, turn off any faucets that aren’t in use. It’s also important to repair any leaks to keep from wasting water. As a renter, be sure to let your landlord know of sink or faucet issues as soon as possible.
Take Shorter Showers
As much as we love a long, steamy shower, taking them too often is wasteful. Instead, try to cut back on your showering time to conserve water at home. Create a routine in the shower to get clean in the shortest amount of time possible. You can take this a step further by installing a water-saving showerhead.
Soak Your Dishes
If you don’t have a dishwasher in your apartment, soak your dishes in warm, soapy water to loosen food and grime before rinsing them off under the faucet. Don’t let the faucet run the entire time you’re washing dishes. If you do have a dishwasher, don’t run it until it’s full.
Repurpose Your Water
To conserve water at home, it’s best to use every drop. One simple way to do this is to collect water from washing produce in your sink and use it to water your house plants. The same goes for any unused water left in glasses or bottles. Your pet may appreciate an extra drink, too!
Don’t Flush Tissues
Every time you flush your toilet, you use around five gallons of water. If you have a habit of flushing tissues or other flushable goods down the toilet instead of the trash, it’s time to break it. Only flush when necessary.
Reuse Your Towels
Save water by reusing your bath towels throughout the week. You don’t need to rewash them after one or two uses. Try to use a towel for a week before tossing it in the laundry.
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