Thursday, September 24, 2020

Living Green - One Step at a Time: Reducing Water Usage

 I remember years ago when Barney was on television and he sang a song about never letting the water run.  To this day, I can't brush my teeth without shutting off the water.  If I leave it on, I hear his voice singing, ...I never let the water run..."  While that big purple dinosaur was rather annoying at times, the message came through and it is a good one.  

How can we save water?  Maybe one of these ways will work for you:  

1.  Don't let the water run when you are brushing your teeth.  I have a sonic toothbrush that takes about 2 minutes to brush my teeth.  If you have a family of five, for example, imagine how much water that would be.  If you brush your teeth twice a day, it would be 20 minutes each day.  For the month, it would add up to about 10 hours.  You get the message.  Whatever effort we make is a step in the right direction.

2.  Save the water from your shower and use tit o flush the toilet.  I heard about this one on a video about a couple who is living more eco-friendly.  If you have time to watch the video, it is well worth it.  After two days of trying this, I gave up.  But, it was amazing how we saved enough water from one shower to provide water to flush for most of the day.  I am so much in the habit of just pulling the handle to flush.  Maybe I will try it again in the future, but it hasn't become a regular thing around here, just like composting or using my instant pot on a regular basis.  They are all good, but it takes time to change.

3.  Get a rain barrel to catch water from rain to use on the garden, lawn, etc.  Plants thrive better when watered with rain water instead of the water that comes out of our tap.  We haven't tried this one yet, but I think we will next summer because it wouldn't be hard to do and we feel it would be better for our garden.

4.  Run the dishwasher and washing machine when you have full loads.  This is pretty self explanatory.  

5.  Put on a low flow shower head to reduce water usage.  Do the same with your kitchen sink and bathroom faucets and install low flow faucet aerators to reduce water usage.     

6.  If you have any leaks, fix them.  Our outside faucet leaks a lot.  We really need to follow this advice.  we get a bucket worth or water ever 20-30 minutes.  We pour it on the trees in the backyard, but it is very inconvenient to have to go our every 20 minutes to water before the bucket overflows.  It is easy to ignore little things like this, isn't it?  With the pandemic, we usually don't go out a lot.  At least, that is my excuse for now.  The bottom line is that I just need to do it!

We shouldn't waste water.  It is a resource we all need to live and we should be wise with our usage.  Here is another song I remember hearing years ago from Sesame Street about not wasting water.  It is funny how those silly songs come back to haunt you!  Hope you can think of something you can do to improve your use of water.

What are some things you have done to save water?  

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