As a California resident, I think about water constantly. It’s hard not to when you’re bombarded with billboards and radio advertisements that remind you of the drought. Saving water has become a very conscious part of how I live my daily life.
Unfortunately, without regular reminders, many folks don’t feel a sense of urgency to conserve water, nor do they understand how much of an impact one person can have on the environment. Did you know the average American uses 80-100 gallons of water every day? Considering that less than 1% of all the water on earth is fresh water we can actually use, it’s important that everyone works together to protect it.
Regardless of what part of the country you call “home,” there’s always something more you can do to save water. Here are some powerful ways to reduce your footprint.
Eat less meat
Going vegetarian, even if its only one day per week, is a fantastic way to save water. Seriously! It requires significantly more water to produce a pound of beef that it does to produce a pound of veggies. Next time you visit the grocery store, skip the deli and fill your cart with produce for an eco-friendly dinner.
Letting the shower run while you wait for the temperature to heat up is a giant waste of water. Instead of letting the cold H2O go down the drain, place a bucket under the faucet and collect the runoff. You can use the reserved water for everything from feeding your houseplants to cooking pasta.
Upgrade your dishwasher
If you have an older dishwasher (circa the 1990s), you may be using as much as 13 gallons of water in one cycle. In contrast, models with an Energy Star sticker use a maximum of 5.8 gallons per cycle and half the electricity of older models. Upgrading to a newer dishwasher can reduce your water consumption by more than half.
Drive a dirty car
Don’t get us wrong – we love a clean car. But getting your vehicle buffed and shined on the regular is colossal waste of resources. In fact, rinsing your car with a standard garden hose uses up to 100 gallons of water per 10-minute wash! Join the dirty car movement and drive your less-than-spotless ride with pride.