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5 Ways to Conserve Water at Home

By:  Ari  Bendersky  Abe's Market Contributor  April 11th, 2013

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Stop Wasting Water

When you live with indoor plumbing and all you have to do is turn on a faucet when you want water for a drink, to wash dishes or take a shower, it's easy to take it for granted. But people living all over the world — even right here in America — don't always have access to safe and clean drinking water, let alone running water. Organizations like Charity: Water, which strives to bring clean drinking water to the 800 million people around the world who don't have access to it, help us realize we have it easy. But other than just donating to causes like this or flying to Africa to help dig a well, you can do small things at home to reduce water waste.

5 Ways to Conserve Water at Home

  • Turn Off Water When Brushing : It may seem obvious, but if you keep the water running when you brush your teeth, you are wasting about 2 gallons of water per minute. That's like pouring out 2 good gallons of milk ... would you do that if it wasn't spoiled? Exactly. So don't do it when you brush. Wet your toothbrush, turn off the water and keep it off until you have to rinse. Simple.
  • Don't Run a Half-Full Dishwasher : Unless you don't own a lot of dishes, glasses and utensils and you run out of them, don't run your dishwasher until it's full. The less you run it, the less water you use. To save more energy, use the air dry feature (if your dishwasher has one), instead of the heat dry.
  • Load Up the Washing Machine : Like the dishwasher, running a washing machine that doesn't have a full load can be a water waster. Your machine likely has a water setting, so if you do have a smaller load, be sure to reduce the water level and only use what you need.
  • Re-Use Towels : Everyone likes a fresh towel, but using a clean towel everyday (or every two days) will add up to needing to wash a lot of towels. Instead, spread your towel out over the towel bar or over the shower rod to allow it to dry and not get mildewy. You can use a towel for three to five days so long as you let it dry out; it's like having a fresh towel each time.
  • Take Shorter Showers : Speaking of toweling off after a shower, try to take a shorter shower to use less water. Some people will turn the water on to get wet, turn it off and lather up and shampoo then turn the water back on to rinse off. If you think you'll get too cold, just get cleaned up quickly, hop out and grab your dry towel.

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Ari Bendersky

Abe's Market Contributor

Ari Bendersky Ari joined Abe's Market after years of covering music, lifestyle, wine and food for the New York Times, AP, Rolling Stone, Eater, Huff Post and more. He lives naturally by biking, hiking, green juicing and avoiding high-fructose corn syrup at all costs.

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