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6 Best Ways to Conserve Water in Winter

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6 Best Ways to Conserve Water in Winter

Water conservation is something we talk about a lot in the summertime, but what about in winter? While we might not be watering our lawns or maintaining much of a garden, there are still ways to cut back on our water usage in the chilly months!

People use almost 70 gallons per day for everything from cooking and showering to flushing the toilet. And that’s just indoor water use. Throw in outdoor water use, and you balloon up to around 350 gallons per household. Yikes! Of course, we want to make water conservation part of our routines on a daily basis, but there are some water uses that are specific to this time of year.

Related Reading: 20 Ways to Conserve Water at Home

Some big water usages, like watering the lawn, aren’t part of our winter routines, and a big part of using less water in winter is about anticipating the cold weather’s effects on your home and on your pipes. With just a little bit of preparation, you can stop the main culprits when it comes to winter water use. On the next page, check out our six favorite tips for reducing water use in winter!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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9:04AM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

These are helpful and practical tips.

11:03PM PDT on Nov 2, 2013

great tips

4:03PM PDT on Oct 30, 2013

ty

2:35PM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

Thank You for these tips. I like the idea of a shower bucket - as it does take longer for the water to get warmer - and this would be good even for watering indoor plants.

2:16AM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

Thanks interesting article

1:07PM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

regarding #1 - in our bathrooms, we open the cabinet doors and that is enough to keep our pipes from bursting.
also, turn off your outside water valve (found inside of your home.) if you don't know where it is or it's inside a wall, buy a "helmet" for the spigot. we do both.

11:11AM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

Thanks.

1:19AM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

ty

11:11AM PST on Feb 27, 2013

Last November my fiancé and I bought a home together. Our realtor told us that it was a fixer-upper, but we had no idea that the plumbing was so lousy. The realtor suggested that we call United Plumbing Solutions, we did and in three days everything was handled. What I liked the most was their desire to help us in every way. Check them out at www.ups-plumbing.com or call 772-905-4442.

11:42PM PST on Dec 16, 2012

The seventh best way to save water --- shower with a friend.

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