No matter what time of year it is or where you live, conserving water is incredibly important—it helps preserve one of our planet’s limited resources, protect our environment, and save you money in the long run. In fact, now’s the perfect time to add this undertaking to your list of New Year’s resolutions. Keep reading for small, easy changes you can make at home to reduce your family’s water consumption, courtesy of Save Our Water.
Try using your garbage disposal only sparingly and instead composting your vegetable food waste. (We just launched an exciting new composting program at Beautycounter—check it out HERE!)
As tempting as a long, hot shower sounds, cutting your 10-minute shower down to five can save up to 25 gallons of water. Go one step further by installing a low-flow showerhead to help save even more.
Don’t throw out the water you used to wash your fruits and veggies. Toss any leftover water onto your houseplants—or find another use for it.
If you have a newer dishwasher that cleans more thoroughly than older models, cut back on rinsing dishes before placing them inside. The latest models usually use less water than washing dishes by hand. Another water-saving tip? Only run it when it’s full.
Washing dark clothes in cold water saves both water and energy. As a bonus, it helps your clothes retain their color.
Instead of hosing down your driveway, sidewalk, and patio, use a broom—this can help save eight to 18 gallons per minute.