5. Capture Water and Reuse it Later
Don’t just let cold water go down the drain as you wait for it to warm up. Capture it in a bowl and rest some flowers on it, or heat it up on the stove for a pot of tea.
6. Plant a Drought-Friendly Garden
Gardens are wonderful to maintain, and water is essential for growth. To cut back on water without sacrificing landscaping, try drought-friendly plants that can withstand dry elements. These include the tree poppy, golden yarrow, apricot mallow and many others.
7. Hand Wash Your Dishes
Keep a bucket of rinse water and a bucket of soapy water so you don’t have to keep shutting the faucet on and off. If dishwashers are a must for you, keep in mind that they can use up to 14 gallons per load. Try loading it up and turning it on only when it’s reached full capacity to minimize usage.
8. Check Your Sprinkler System
Make sure your sprinklers are set so that they only water the lawn and don’t splash onto other parts of the home unnecessarily. Also, avoid leaving sprinklers and hoses unattended — they can pour out as much as 600 gallons within a few hours.
9. Thaw Frozen Foods Overnight
It may be faster to run frozen foods under hot water, but thawing it out overnight is the more eco-friendly option. If time is of the essence, use the defrost option on your microwave.
10. Wash Full Loads of Laundry
Whether or not you have an energy-efficient front-loading washer, washing only full loads of laundry instead of smaller batches will cut water usage tremendously. It’s also best to use cold or warm water when washing loads as well.
It’s not expected to rain in California for the next several weeks, so adopting these habits early on can make a big difference in the long run. Plus, there are many other ways to use water efficiently. What are some of your favorite water-saving techniques?
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