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10 Clever Ways To Conserve Water

Filed Under: staying green, DIY Earth, Know-How

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Ok so you know not to leave the water running when you brush your teeth and sometimes you let the yellow mellow but there are even more ways to conserve water that you probably haven't even considered.

1. Don't dump leftover ice cubes, put them in your plants.
2. Check for leaks by reading your water meter before and after a two hour period when no water is being used. If there is a change, you have a problem.
3. Put food coloring into your toilet tank. If the water in the bowl becomes discolored, a simple replacement of the innards will stop the leak.
4. Use a smaller pot when boiling dinner as it will require less water.
5. Turn of the shower while you shampoo and condition your hair and save about 50 gallons of water per week.
6. If it takes a while for your shower to warm up, brush your teeth first with the running water.
7. If your drink is in a single serve container, don't get a cup that will only have to be washed later.
8. Use one cup per person, per day.
9. Your recylables don't need to be spotless. Plastics need a hardy wipe but cans and glass are subject to intense heat that will vaporize food residue.
10. Turn off the water going to your toilets and implement a greywater system in your house. You don't even need to change the plumbing. Simply reuse bath water. All you need is a bucket. via ACC Online


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