Water Conservation at Home: Easy Ways to Save Water By: Sarah Bernheim 1. Washing Most families generate a lot of laundry and dishes that need to be washed, but washing all the time is a waste of water. One of the best tips for water conservation at home is to wait until the laundry basket is full or you have enough clothes to completely fill the washer before doing your laundry. The same goes for the dishwasher – wait until it’s full to turn it on. 2. Lawn and Plant Care Everybody likes a green lawn and healthy vibrant plants. If you live in a dry climate, you’ll need to water them yourself to maintain them. However, if you water your lawn and plants in the hottest part of the day, they won’t absorb as much water, so you’ll need to use more. Instead, water your lawn and plants in the early morning or in the evening. 3. Check Your Pipes Check visible piping around your sink and toilet fixtures to make sure they aren’t leaking every six months. Even a slow drip that you may not hear or see wastes a lot of water over the course of a year. Water conservation at home often starts with proper home maintenance. 4. Replace Your Showerhead If you live in an older home or apartment, chances are your showerhead spits more than one-gallon of water in less than 30 seconds. Switch to a low-flow showerhead instead. You’ll use about half the water and you likely won’t even notice the difference. 5. Replace Old Toilet Fixtures Much like showerheads, old toilet fixtures use a lot more water than they really need to. Switch to low- flow toilet fixtures. If cost is a concern ask about low-flow credits or programs through your municipal water company. Many water suppliers will even pick up your old fixture and replace it with a new one free of charge or for very little. 6. Collect Rainwater If you have indoor or covered plants that need water and live in an area that gets a lot of rain, put a bucket out to collect rainwater. That you can use the rainwater to keep your plants hydrated without turning on the tap. Water conservation at home has never been easier than that.