Get a Head Start on Water Conservation

You don’t have to bicycle to work or have your roof covered in solar panels to be environmentally friendly and practice energy efficiency. It wouldn’t hurt, of course, but those aren’t things that all of us can do. However, there are little things you can work into your daily life that can make a huge impact. Water conservation is one easy thing we can all practice to make a difference. Most people leave the water on while they brush their teeth. What can it really hurt? It’s only three minutes or so twice a day, maybe three times. But even then, what’s nine minutes?

Here’s what it is. Most faucets in your home have a fitting on them that allows four gallons of water per minute to flow. In three minutes you’re up to twelve gallons. If you brush your teeth three times a day, that’s 36 gallons per day, which is 252 gallons a week, and over 1000 gallons per month. And that’s only you. Multiply that by how many people are in your household. To put it in perspective, if there are three people in your household that each brush their teeth three times a day for approximately three minutes each, the amount of water they use over a year would fill an average sized swimming pool.

The same goes for watering your lawn, flower beds, or garden. Overuse happens all too often and is all too easy. Be sure to adjust sprinklers so you aren’t watering the sidewalk or street. This will not only help conserve water, but will help you save money. Set timers to help you remember to switch the sprinklers or turn them off. Proper fertilizing and weeding will also help you use less water to try and keep that lawn green and those flowers or vegetables healthy. But be careful, many fertilizers and weed and feed products contain toxins that you don’t want to introduce to your water table. And you will introduce them if you use them on your lawn or flower beds. Everything you put around your house eventually ends up back in the water table, including chemical fertilizers and weed and feed. There are environmentally friendly alternatives, though. Bovine manure is one of the safest and most effective fertilizers available. As far as getting rid of the weeds in your lawn, unfortunately, the best way to do that is to pull them. There are environmentally friendly fertilizers and weed and feed products out there. Just be sure to do your research and look into the products before you buy.

 

For more on what you can do at home to be more environmentally friendly and conserve more water, check out the links below.

Sustainability from NCSU

Go Green In Your Home

~Photo credit: McCorkle Creations

~Written by: Heather M.