By ecoRI News staff
Here are some simple, inexpensive ways to cut back on water use at home, courtesy of our friends at EarthShare:
Use less water. One of the clearest steps toward water conservation is also the most obvious one: simply use less. Start by taking shorter showers, filling up the dishwasher and laundry machines before you run them, and turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth.
Check for leaks. Look at faucets and pipes to make sure water isn’t escaping.
Choose smart appliances. Water-saving showerheads, low-flow toilets and faucet aerators can lower your water bill.
Go meatless. It takes 4,000 to 18,000 gallons of water to produce one hamburger, because of the food, water and facilities that cows need. By reducing meat in your diet, you can drastically cut down on not only water use but also greenhouse gas emissions.
Plant drought-resistant vegetation. Some native plants, shrubs and trees require less watering. Consider xeriscaping, landscaping and gardening in ways that reduce or eliminate the need for supplemental water from irrigation. The traditional turf lawn is one of the most environmentally unfriendly types of landscaping. For houseplants, try using water leftover from cooking instead of running the faucet again.
Go renewable. Half of the water we use goes to power generation. Renewable sources such as solar and wind use significantly less water than coal and nuclear.
Fill up a water bottle. Instead of buying disposable plastic water bottles, fill up a refillable water container to decrease the energy used in producing, transporting and disposing of plastic bottles.
Avoid buying new “water-intensive” products. Cotton, electronics and paper all require a lot of water in their production. Try buying used clothing and recycled paper whenever possible and resist the urge to get the latest gadget every year if your existing device is in working order.