Happy Earth Day! 10 Easy Ways to Conserve Water

Happy Earth Day!

Save Water for the Planet

Want a Great Conversation Starter for engaging your Littles, Middles, and Teens? Be a Planet Hero! Share these ideas with your kids, and turn them into Planet Heroes, too!

According to Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, if you shorten your shower by ONE MINUTE, you can save 10 gallons of water for every shower.
Well! You know what that means, right? If you shower daily, that’s 70 gallons a week. If you get 1 other person to shorten his/her shower by one minute, that would be 140 gallons of water YOU would be responsible for saving.

All that heroism from a 1-minute-shorter shower? Unbelievable! (But true.)

Conserve with Your Kids!

What if your kids get their best friends to shorten their showers by one minute? With 52 weeks in a year, that’s 7,280 gallons of water that can be saved every year by 2 people if they shorten their shower by a measly 1 minute. WOW!

What if you got your neighbors on board, too?

That, my friend, is the Ripple Effect.

Most people don’t have a clear idea about how much water their daily activities consume. This chart will help generate some ideas for helping our planet.

Heroically,

Deborah 😉

PS: What if you got your town to shorten their showers…
I’ll bet you can come up with some other ways to conserve water. What are they?

Indoor Water Consumption
ActivityGallons Used (Conventional)Gallons Used (Water Saving*)
Toilet Flushing5 – 7 gallons per flush1½ – 3½ gallons per flush by placing a water-filled plastic bottle in your toilet tank so it doesn’t fill up as much
Shower (water running)7 – 10 gallons per minute2 – 4 gallons per minute by shutting off the shower while you shave
Bath (full tub) 36 – 50 gallons (conventional)By not filling the tub all the way:
30 – 40 gallons (conventional)
40 – 80 gallons (whirlpool)
(Bonus: Fill a gallon jug with bathwater before you drain the tub, and later use it to flush the toilet
Laundry Machine (full load)60 gallons top loader42 gallons top loader by waiting to do a load until you have enough laundry for a full load
Dishwasher15 gallons normal load7½ – 10 gallons normal load with an energy efficient model, and don’t pre-wash the dishes in the sink
Dish Washing by hand30 gallons tap running10 – 20 gallons- instead of running the tap, fill a pot with rinse water and another with soapy water, instead of filling the sink. Use the spray nozzle for additional rinsing
Shaving20 gallons tap running2 – 5 gallons by filling the sink deep enough to rinse your razor, and not running the tap
Brushing Teeth10 gallons tap running2 – 3 gallons turning the tap on only to rinse the brush and your mouth
Washing Hands2 gallons tap running1 – 2 gallons by shutting off the water while lathering up
Bath
Shower
30-50 gallons
7-10 minutes
Average shower = 12 -15 minutes
A 15 minute shower = 150 gallons
Many people shower more than 15 minutes
During hot weather, we tend to shower more often, so don’t
* The rate of consumption for water-saving devices or products significantly varies. Please check the plumbing fixture package to determine the merchandise’s
efficiency.
** AVERAGE CONSUMPTION PER DAY PER PERSON = 70 GALLONS (Last modified on: Tue, 13 May 2014)