Save Water and Save Money

Going green — By on August 18, 2011 at 6:14 am
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Don't let your water and money go down the drain

Most utility bills are pretty consistent from month to month, but water charges can vary widely.  In these tough economic times, many people believe the same thing: Save water and save money – that is the key.  In other words, find ways to reduce overall water usage and you can see some serious savings from month to month.

Potable (drinking) water is scarce around the world, even if you live in an area that receives a lot of rainfall.  Safe drinking water is costly and requires a lot of energy to maintain.  That’s why so many solar powered devices to help purify water are popular, especially in Third World countries.

In addition to the energy costs of its production, clean drinking water often requires use of these natural resources that are required for wildlife habitat, irrigation, recreation and more.

For tips on to how to save water and save money, consider these from the Rocky Mountain Institute:

  • Replace water-wasting fixtures with state-of-the-art products, starting with your showerhead.
  • Fix a toilet that leaks water from the tank into the bowl, or replace an old toilet with a new “low-flow” model.
  • Fix a leaky faucet, replace an inefficient one with a newer model, or add an aerator.
  • If you’re in the market for a new washing machine, choose one that spins on a vertical axis. (It’s probably not cost-effective to replace your conventional machine if it still has a few years left in it.)
  • Water your lawn in the morning or evening to reduce water lost to evaporation. Water in pulses of 10-20 minutes with 15 or more minutes in between, allowing the water to soak in properly.
  • Redesign your landscape with drought-resistant plants.
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  1. Dr.A.Jagadeesh says:

    Good post on how to use water wisely. There is a saying WASTE NOT AND WANT NOT. This is true for WATER and ENERGY. In developing countries water is wasted.For example: It is customary in rural areas to wash face,feet and hands before entering the house(for Visitors). Also using bucket of water for bathing. Shower consumes less water and water can be spread widely while bathing.

    Here is a compendium of tips to save water(Water is the elixer of life — Leonardo da Vinci):

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    9
    Things You Can Do
    to Prevent
    Water Waste
    things you can do to save water in the bathroom
    1. Check your toilets for leaks. Put a little food coloring in your toilet tank. If,
    without flushing, the color begins to appear in the bowl, you have a leak that
    should be repaired immediately.
    2. Stop using the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket. Every time you flush a
    cigarette butt, facial tissue, or other small bits of trash, you waste five to seven
    gallons of water.
    3. Put plastic bottles in your toilet tank. To cut down on water waste, put an inch
    or two of sand or pebbles inside each of two plastic bottles to weigh them down.
    Fill them with water and put them in your toilet tank, safely away from operating
    mechanisms. In an average home, the bottles may displace and save ten or
    more gallons of water a day.
    4. Take shorter showers. Long, hot showers can waste five to ten gallons every
    unneeded minute. Limit your showers to the time it takes to soap up, wash down,
    and rinse off.
    5. Install water-saving showerheads or flow restrictors. Your local hardware or
    plumbing supply store stocks inexpensive water-saving showerheads or
    restrictors that are easy to install.
    6. Take baths. A bath in a partially filled tub uses less water than all but the
    shortest showers.
    7. Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush. There is no need to keep
    water pouring down the drain. Just wet your brush and fill a glass for mouth
    rinsing.
    8. Rinse your razor in the sink. Fill the bottom of the sink with a few inches of
    warm water. This rinses your blade just as well as running water – and far less
    wastefully.
    9. Check faucets and pipes for leaks. Even the smallest drip from a worn washer
    can waste 20 or more gallons a day. Larger leaks waste hundreds.
    6
    10
    things you can do to save water in the kitchen and laundry
    1. Use your automatic dishwasher only for full loads.
    2. Use your automatic washing machine only for full loads.
    3. If you wash dishes by hand, don’t leave that water running for rinsing. If
    you have two sinks, fill one with soapy water and one with rinse water. If you
    have only one sink, gather washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a
    spray device or a pan full of hot water.
    4. Don’t let the faucet run while you clean vegetables. Just rinse them in a
    stoppered sink or a pan of clean water.
    5. Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator. Running tap water to cool it
    off for drinking water is wasteful.
    6. Check the faucets and pipes for leaks. Leaks waste water 24 hours a day,
    seven days a week and often can be repaired with just an inexpensive washer.
    things you can do to save water outside
    1. Water your lawn only when it needs it. A good way to see if your lawn needs
    watering is to step on the grass. If it springs back up when you move, it doesn’t
    need water. If it stays flat, fetch the sprinkler.
    2. Deep-soak your lawn. When you do water, do it long enough for the moisture to
    soak down to the roots where it does the most good. A light sprinkling can
    evaporate quickly and tends to encourage shallow root systems.
    3. Water during the cool parts of the day. Early morning generally is better than
    dusk because it helps prevent growth of fungus.
    4. Don’t water the gutter. Position your sprinkler so water lands on the lawn, not
    on paved areas. Also avoid watering on windy days.
    5. Plant drought-resistant trees and plants. Many beautiful trees and plants
    thrive with far less watering than other species.
    6. Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants. Mulch slows evaporation of
    moisture and discourages weed growth.
    7. Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks.
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    8. Don’t runt he hose while washing your car. Clean the car with a pail of soapy
    water. Use the hose just for rinsing.
    9. Tell your children not to play with the hose and sprinklers.
    10. Check for leaks in pipes, hoses, faucets, and couplings. Leaks
    outside the house may not seem as bad because they’re not as visible. But, they
    can be just as wasteful as leaks inside. Check frequently and keep them dripfree.
    resh, clean drinking water is yours to use whenever you need it – but not
    to waste. It’s too valuable. Remember that a little effort and a little common
    sense make a big difference.
    Following the tips in this list can save thousands of gallons every year in
    every household. That’s right, thousands! So be alert and remember,
    Every drop counts!

    Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India
    E-mail: anumakonda.jagadeesh@gmail.com

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