FRUGAL WATER SAVING TIPS
With water costing more and with concerns about the ecology, conserving is not only a good idea, it is a frugal one as well.
The following tips will help you do exactly that. Some of them may not work for your home,but some will.
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Also be sure to see Louise talking with NE Cable News' Karen Swenson on the same topic.
Oh, one note, get your whole family involved, especially the kids.
If you make coffee & you’re tossing undrunk java out, you’re making too much & wasting H2O
Installing low flow faucets & shower heads is the 1st step to water conservation.
Don’t let the tap run. Turn off when brushing teeth, washing hands, whenever.
Save $$$ & water. Don’t use your hose to ‘sweep’ walks & driveways. That’s why God made brooms.
1 drip/sec=2700 gal/yr. Fix leaky faucets with new washers.
When watering your lawn or garden, be sure you’re not watering the patio, sidewalk or driveway. It's just a waste.
A simple washer can stop water from leaking at hose connections.
A unattended hose w/running freely will use over 600 gallons in a couple of hours.
Know where the main water valve is your house. Mark it clearly. In case pipe breaks, water heater goes, whatever, you'll stop a flood.
Never waste water just because you’re not paying for it.
Support businesses & institutions who practice water conservation.
Be smart. Don’t use your water for two hours. Then check your meter before & after to see if they are any leaks.
Check out ‘instant’ water heaters when considering upgrades.
In hard water areas, turn off softeners while on vacation.
Toilets & clothes washers are the #1 & 2 water users in homes. Be sure they are the most efficient for our house.
Don’t over water your law.
A hearty rain on the lawn is usually good for two weeks.
Toilet leaking? Put some food dye in the tank. Wait 30 minutes. If the dye shows up in the bowl, there’s a leak = lost $$$$. Be sure to flush. They dye could stain.
Keep some water in the fridge. Then when you want a drink, you won’t run the tap until it is cold.
It may sound petty, but every gallon of H2O you don’t use saves $$$ & the environment. Every little drip counts.
If you can’t install a new low flow toilet, put a plastic jug full of stones in the tank.
Don’t put bricks in the toilet tank to save water. Use a jug of stones instead. Bricks breakdown & may cause damage.
When using a pay car wash, use one that recycles water.
Save water when washing your car, do it on the grass. Less run off & the grass will like the drink.
Garbage disposals use a lot of water when computed over a year. Consider a compost pile instead.
One way to save $$$ & water is to take shorter, less frequent showers. Save energy by taking cooler ones too.
Always operate dishwashers & clothes washers only when they are full.
Don’t use water to ‘unthaw’ frozen food. Best advise is to let it unthaw overnight in the fridge or defrost using the microwave.
Before dumping water down the drain, think. Can it be used someplace else?
Insulate hot water pipes. Then you won’t have to run the tap so long to get hot water.
It is best to water gardens, lawns and plants in the morning. Less wind, less heat = less evaporation.
Something to consider, rain barrels for garden use. Google to find out more.
Save water. Use drip hoses for garden watering, landscape beds.
Save $$$ & water. Mulch your landscaping & your garden. Plants will retain water better. Happy plants R good things.
Mow your lawn at about 3” high. Creates better root structure = less water, looks better, withstands drought better.
If you have timed sprinklers, be sure they are timed to be efficient. Mid-afternoon is NOT efficient.
Don’t over water your lawn. Lawns need watering every 5-7 in the summer. Less in other seasons.
If your sprinkler system has sensors, be sure the system doesn’t work during a rain storm.
Too much fertilizer, esp. petro-chemical stuff, needs lots of water. Avoid if possible.
Repurpose cooking water as plant water. Pasta, tater, veggie water all works. Let it cool first.
Back flushing a pool can eat up 250 gallons of H2O. Consider getting a new efficient filter.
Garbage disposals can add 50% more solids to a septic system. Compost piles are a better idea.
Toilets are not designed as a garbage disposal units. Don’t toss butts, tampons, etc down them. It wastes water & cold easily muck everything up.
We'll add more tips as we hear about them, but what about you? Do you have a tip the Frugal Yankee can use? Be all means leave a comment. Thanks.