Taking steps to save on water is an environmentally sound choice, and you should keep these ideas in mind when you are at home as well as out on the road.
The Plumbing Detectives know a little about water usage, and have handy tips that you can use to reduce your water consumption both at home and when you are out.
Family Water Saving Ideas At Home
For most people, the home is where you can make the most impact in terms of saving water. There are so many ways you can cut water usage that don't take much effort on your part, other than some small changes to your habits. The easiest is to stop letting water run when you don't need to. Turn it off while you brush your teeth, for example. If you prefer your tap water a little chillier, leave a jug in the fridge rather than stand there letting it run.
All machines should be run when full, whether it's laundry or dishes. Even if your machines have various forms of half loads or eco cycles, try to wait until it's full before running. Overall, less water will be used.
As much as we all enjoy the luxury, don't linger in the shower any more than necessary. At an average of 2 gallons per minute, you are wasting a lot of water while you savor the moment.
Another way to save on water usage is to “harvest” rainwater with a barrel to be used in the garden or yard. Having one downspout direct into a barrel can save you hundreds of gallons over the summer, and the water can be used to water plants or outdoor washing chores.
Family Water Saving Ideas On the Go
First of all, don't waste your money on single-serve bottles of water when you are away from home. Get a good refillable bottle and bring your own water with you. Saves on water and is also saves on a lot of plastic, so it's a big environmental win-win decision.
Most sit-down restaurants will fill up a glass of water for you as soon as you sit down, whether you ask for it or not. Unless you plan on drinking it, let your server know right away not to pour you any.
A big place to save on water while away from home is the hotel. The old tradition of washing all the linens after just one night uses up vast amounts of water, and it is quite unnecessary. Many places now offer you the choice of opting out, and having the housekeeping staff just make the beds rather than stripping them each day. Unused towels are left alone until they need washing. If there isn't a card you can hang on the door about this, let the manager know that you don't want your linens washed after each day.
You should also implement a lot of the “at home” tips to hotel stays as well, since they still apply. Don't run water unnecessarily and keep your showers short. Just because you don't pay the water bill at a hotel or restaurant doesn't mean that water awareness isn't just as important.