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UPDATED: Oct 19, 2019

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Why is water conservation important? Simply put, fresh water is the most important resource we have, and it's limited. Without potable water, we would all die in a few days — our adult bodies are about 65% water, after all. Many people don't know this, but using excess water places a strain on sewage and septic systems, which can lead to a contamination of groundwater.

In addition to being a vital resource for survival, water conservation is also important to energy conservation. An estimated 6.5 percent of all energy consumed goes to moving water around. Using less water means using less energy, which in turn saves money (and, incidentally, the planet).

So what can you do to start saving water today? It might be a lot easier than you think. Below, you'll find a wealth of tips on how to save water — and money — in your home.

Kitchen

There are many easy ways you can conserve water in the kitchen. If you have a dishwasher, don’t run it until it’s completely full. Avoid running water for long periods of time, if possible — rinse dishes in a half-full sink, rather than under a running tap. Also, choosing steaming over boiling in your meal preparation will save you a lot of water in the long run!

Bath

Some methods of conserving water in the bathroom are obvious: spend less time in the shower, take fewer baths, turn off the water while you brush your teeth, and so on. But consider leveling up your water conservation game! Install a low-flow shower head, or put a bucket under the shower while it gets warm. You can use that water for plants or cleaning instead of just letting it run down the drain.

Laundry

The best way to conserve water in the laundry room? Do as little laundry as possible. Reuse your old towels as much as you reasonably can before laundering them. Wash with cold water when possible (heating the water takes more energy), and only run full loads in the washing machine. If you can upgrade your washing machine and water heater to more efficient models, your energy bill (and the planet) will thank you!.

Lawn & Garden

Creating a water-efficient lawn and garden system can require more planning and diligence, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. For maximum effectiveness, water gardens in the morning and pots in the afternoon. Save and reuse water from elsewhere in the house (like the shower!) for your lawn and garden needs. Use mulch in your garden to hold in moisture and save up to 70% of your soil’s water from evaporating on a hot day!

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