Keep reused plastic bottles or pitchers of water in the fridge so you don’t have to wait for tap water to cool by running it.
Save water you’ve used for rinsing off fruits or vegetables and use it to water your plants. Got fish tanks? When changing the water, use the old stuff to water plants.
Take it a step further and install a rainwater tank. One of these will collect rain water and use can use it to water the outdoor, rinse vegetables, or for other purposes.
Instead of using a new glass or coffee mug every time, designate a cup for drinking each day; this will lower the number of times you have to run the dishwasher.
Thaw food in the fridge instead of letting it sit in a sink of running water. Instead of continuously rinsing pots, pans, or dishes that need cleaning, let them soak.
Washing your car? See if any car washes in your area use recycled water.
When it comes to your yard, there are some things you can do to save water. Start by making sure your sprinklers are watering the plants or grass and not the side of the house. Water in the evenings or early mornings, when temperatures are lower and evaporation is less likely to occur.
It’s also a good idea to plant shrubs or flowers that have similar watering needs together, so you can map out where to use outdoor water.
If you follow these creative tips, you’ll save even more water than before, and not only will the environment thank you, but so will your water bill.
Written and published by Thompson Electric, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.