Water conservation is one of those topics getting talked about more and more every day. There are many ideas out there about what should be done to address the many issues that surround the cost of clean water.
Why does everyone care? The immediate answer in many cases and especially for families can be boiled down to money. When you think about the large scale, the gallons used and dollars spent soar into the millions and billions. These huge numbers can be hard to really wrap your mind around.
The reality is, all these big numbers and multi-million dollar costs can be impacted by small scale household implementation of some basic water conservation practices. The result of some simple changes is that families save money on their water bill. Those huge numbers that government and more importantly tax payers have to deal with, start to get a little bit smaller. As more people and families get involved, the smaller those big numbers get, and more money can be saved by everyone.
Easy changes to use less water every day
Many of the simple things we do every day require water, and that is not going to change. What can quickly be changed is making a conscious decision to alter our habits when using that water.
One of the simplest ways to reduce water use inside is turning off the water when brushing your teeth. Everyone has probably heard this simple action before, but the numbers back up the statement. By turning off the water while brushing, you may be saving 70 gallons per month, which is 840 gallons per year.
Reducing the amount of time you spend in the shower can also save many gallons of water.
With these ideas alone you could save around 1500 gallons per year. Depending on the cost of your water service, the savings can quickly add up.
Even bigger savings are possible
There are many more options available that cost a little money up front but will have an even greater impact on reducing water use. Low flow shower heads are just one example. Fortunately, there are some programs available that will assist with reducing some of those expenses. The key to remember is the cost you put down now will save you and your neighbor so much more in the long run.
However you decide to use water, it is important to understand that every drop counts, and every person’s actions have an effect!