As you know the motto of my blog is Save Money Save the Environment.... Ok well maybe I never said it but it makes a good motto don't you think?
Here is my Top Ten List on how to save water (which saves you money) and not spending any money to do it.
10. When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water. Or better yet do what I do... (This is with the understanding that with the first solution you will have to dump the rinsing water to get fresh soap free water at least once.) Place silverware in sink fill with just enough hot water to cover. Then when you rinse do it over the sink that the silverware was in to allow enough water to cover the plates or bowls. Then wash the plates or bowls and rinse over the same sink to allow the fresh hot water into the sink. Wash glasses and rinse the same way. Then you will have a nice hot sink full of soap water to do the pots and pans. Rinse these in a separate sink or drain the sink some to allow for the water. This way the rinse water is getting a second use as wash water wasting less water.
9. Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn or garden is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street. This is assuming you are not currently in a drought in which case to Hell with the Lawn save all the water. I would advise planting local plant that require less watering but this is things you can do for free.
8. Do laundry or run the dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
7. Use the garbage disposal sparingly better yet set up a compost and put your food waste there instead. (except meat and dairy which isn't suppose to go down the disposal either!)
6. Keep an eye on your water bill. A sudden increase may indicate a leak some where.
5. Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation. Use a drip hose and get the water directly where you want it with out the evaporation from being tossed through the air from conventional sprinklers. Also don't water on very windy days the water won't be going where you want it too.
4. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk and save water every time. You'll get some wonderful free exercise as well.
3. Turn off the water when soaping up in the shower and save several gallons of water. Also turn off the water when brushing your teeth....but then again you already knew that didn't you.
2. When you give your pets fresh water use the old water to water your house plants. This includes the nutrient rich water you remove from your fish tank when adding fresh water.
1. Fix those leaks... Every drippy faucet, running toilet, and drippy shower. Don't forget to check outside as well as in for leaks.