Tuesday, August 30, 2011

10 Ideas for reducing water consumption in an apartment

I live in an apartment but I can still reduce my water consumption. Here are 10 things that I want to do to use less water:
  1. Take shorter showers. If there is anything that I can do outside of the shower, then I will. You’d be surprised the things that you can do in front of the sink instead of in the shower.
  2. Everyday, refill a pitcher with water from the tap and put it in the fridge. When you want cold water, get it from the pitcher, not from the tap.
  3. When cooking, fill the sink with about 1 inch of water and then wash all of the vegetables with that water.
  4. Don’t run the tap when brushing your teeth.
  5. Reuse the water from cooking vegetables to water plants or make vegetable stock for soups. If you plan to water plants though, it is useful to cool the water down first.
  6.  If it is possible for you to have a water barrel or a bucket then do so. It’s a great way to collect water that can be used to water plants, wash the car or wash the floor.
  7.  Don’t take baths, take short showers.
  8.  If you have appliances that use water, use them less. If you have a dishwasher, make sure that it is full before you run it and look for a water-saving cycle. The same goes for a washing machine.
  9.  Fix all leaky taps.
  10.  If you wash your dishes in the sink, try to wash them in 1-2 inches of water instead of filling the entire sink. If the water is warm then you won’t have to rinse them either.

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