Ways We Conserve Water….And Ways We Could Do Better

Today is Blog Action Day, one day a year where bloggers unite to discuss one topic.  This year’s topic is water.

I thought I’d take a few moments to talk about ways that the Beagle household works to conserve water:

  • OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe don’t drink bottled water – Tap water is just fine for us.  Not only does this reduce our cost, but it reduces the footprint needed to create the plastic bottles, deliver them to the store, and recycle/dispose of them.
  • Watch our watering schedule – Many people set the sprinklers to run on a set schedule and forget about them for the rest of the year.  I hate driving around during a rainstorm and seeing lawn watering systems going crazy.  What a waste!  We monitor our watering schedule and manually turn the system off after it’s rained or when we know rain is coming.
  • Turn off our water while brushing our teeth – This is a small thing but I think of how many times we brush our teeth in a year and I realize that this can add up to thousands of gallons of water for our house alone.  Think if this was multiplied for every household in America.  The water savings would be astounding!

There is, of course, room for improvement.  Here a couple of things I have on the to-do list that will directly help with water conservation:

  • Fix that leaky faucet – We have a tub faucet that drips.  I need to get on the ball and figure out just why that faucet is dripping.
  • Replace that shower head – We have a basic shower head that is not low flow.  I understand that the low flow alternatives these days are not noticeable at all in terms of how much spray hits your head (not like the early days as seen on Seinfeld), so replacing our shower head with a lower flow alternative will save many thousands of gallons of water.

Hopefully today is a day where everybody can think of just one or two things that they can do to reduce water usage.  While a gallon saved might not seem like a lot, just think of the collective difference we could make if everybody did their part to save a gallon here and a gallon there.

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5 thoughts on “Ways We Conserve Water….And Ways We Could Do Better

  1. "I think of how many times we brush our teeth in a year and I realize that this can add up to thousands of gallons of water for our house alone. Think if this was multiplied for every household in America. The water savings would be astounding!"

    Actually, they'd be minor. Where I live, 20 gallons of water cost 1¢. 1 gallon per minute is standard for bathroom faucets, and that’s at full power. Let’s assume half power, and even that seems liberal. The Sonicare Flexcare toothbrush cleans your teeth in exactly 2 minutes, or enough time to use .05¢ worth of water. In other words, if you could get 2000 people who currently run the tap while brushing their teeth to stop, together they'd save $1.

    Leaky faucets are annoying, and lawn sprinklers might be too, for some people. But they're not bankrupting anyone. The importance of conserving water is directly proportional to how much it costs, which is minimal. (Otherwise, water would be more expensive.)

    Make a $500 interest payment on a credit card bill every month, and that's the equivalent of saving a million gallons of water.

  2. I think the biggest thing I do is live in an area where water is plentiful. With the exception of this year, I usually never have to water my lawn or flowers.

    It never feels right spending time in a community that is in the middle of a desert.

  3. We don't drink bottled water, only tap. And we always turn it off when brushing teeth. I learned back home when water usage was metered and cost $$$.

  4. I do is live in an area where water is plentiful. With the exception of this year, I usually never have to water my lawn or flowers.

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