When brushing your teeth, turn off the water. When rinsing dishes to load in the dishwasher, run a sink of hot water and rinse them in that. Set a timer and limit your showers to 10 minutes or less. Of course if it’s an option, purchasing a front loading washer saves much more water than a top loader.
All of these are wonderful suggestions, and I applaud anyone taking steps to reduce their water usage. While i'm not sure where the original poster is living, I myself live in a desert area of Southern California. I see commercials every day asking us, in our households, to rduce our water usage, take 5 minute showers, etc. However, when I step outside, I see an abundance of golf courses, bright green in the middle of July, when the temps. are 115, fountains running full force in front of businesses and homes alike, and a general lack of community awareness.
I think that in addition to personal reduction, communities need to take charge of the water consumption among business in their area. It's very difficult to be asked to make sacrifices, when a greater difference could be made by eliminating some cosmetic uses of water.
All of these posts are great, but they are geared to the American consumer. In most parts of the word, the idea of buying an energy saving dishwasher is bizarre because no electric dishwasher is possible. Low flow toilets? You can accomplish most of that by putting a brick or a few rocks into the tank of the toilet so less water accumulates in the tank.
Apart from this point, many of the suggestions are great for anyone. If you water a garden, do it with rain water if it's not too much of a drought in your area. Keep the water off while brushing teeth and scrubbing a dirty dish, etc.
Another suggestion, which I use, is to do a stand-up bath (a little water, soap and a washcloth applied to strategic areas) instead of a full shower or bath when you don't need to wash your hair. Also, it's perfectly possible to wash your hair in the sink. Baths and, especially, showers tend to be very wasteful.
Good luck! This is important for all of us, not just those who are facing immediate water shortages.
Install only low-flow toilets (a HUGE water-saver!), use only "energy star" appliances (that not only restrict water but also electricity), install shower heads with a severe restricter (that will automatically lessen the flow), take shorter showers (turning off the water while you wash your hair & body), use water only to rinse when you brush your teeth, use sanitizer as opposed to hand washing (only when appropriate), water a garden only as needed and always using water from a rain barrel.
The things I do in my household to conserve water are:
- Only run the dishwasher when it is completely full.
- Wash only full loads of clothes in the washing machine.
- Restrict the length of time I spend in the shower.
- Turn off the water while I brush my teeth.
- Never leave the water faucet running unless I am actually using the water at that time.
- Keep a rain barrel on the deck to catch rainwater for watering my plants.
There are all kinds of ways to economize on water. Most of us do not realize how much water we waste and if we become just a little more aware, we can save. When you wash dishes in your house, do you leave the water running in the sink as you wash, or do you fill the sink with sudsy water, wash everything, and then rinse everything at once? Running the water while you wash dishes is not necessary. When people in your family brush their teeth, do they leave the water running as they brush? This is not necessary, either. Do you have any drips from any of your faucets? Those little drips can waste gallons of water every day. There are also appliances that are "watersavers," and if you can afford to purchase a frontloading watersaver washing machine, you will save gallons and gallons of water. Similarly, there are watersaving toilets available today that save hundreds of gallons of water per year. You can also talk to your local water authority to see if they have a pamphlet on water saving suggestions. Good luck!
A great way to conserve water is to build a rain barrel. Simply put , a rain barrel is a large bin that is used to collect rain water. You cannot use this water to cook meals and it should not be used as drinking water, however, it is an excellent way to keep your lawn and garden watered. Rain barrels are a worthwhile investment. They can be purchased at just about any home improvement store, or you can make your own.
Use an egg timer to time your family's showers. It may be a little difficult at first, but by keeping showers down to five minuets, you can stand to save about 1,000 gallons of water a month. Installing low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators are simple and easy ways to conserve water.
There are two way so economize on use of water in household. One is to prevent wastage of water and the other is to adopt ways of working and living that require less quantities of water.
Eliminating wastage is simple and straightforward. It only requires formation of some good habits, lit not keeping the tap running when you are not using the water. It also means taking care to repair leaking taps and other such defects that waste water.
Changing ways of working and living may involve actions such as taking bath only under shower and not in bath tubs. It may also mean selecting equipment such as dishwashers that use water more economically.
If availability of water is really critical in your area, for example if you live in a desert with great water scarcity, you can learn ways to use less water in simple things like washing hand without sacrificing on hygiene.