Kitchen: Like in the bathroom, low flow faucets are best for saving water and money at the kitchen sink. Also, efficient dishwashers use far less water than washing dishes by hand in the sink does. Handwashing one full load of dishes can use up to 20 gallons of water while washing the same load in a dishwasher uses as little as 4.5 gallons. The difference is immense, especially if you live in a home with multiple people who eat often and use more dishes. Also, using the garbage disposal less often will save water too--consider trashing or composting the scraps instead.
Lawn and Garden: If you’re lucky enough to have your own yard and/or garden, there are many things you can do to save water and money. Doing routine checkups for sprinkler leaks can potentially save hundreds of gallons a year. Adding compost to soil for planting beds and pots reduces the amount of water needed for growth, as can adding a layer of organic mulch on the soil surface. Beyond that, consider watering your lawn less often. Officials in California are calling a brown and under-watered lawn a “badge of honor,” a symbol of caring about your community during a time of drought and need. Can you wear this powerful badge?
The California Department of Water Resources has set up a convenient site with even more advice at saveourwater.com. This site offers daily tips on how to easily save water, even enlisting the help of famous celebrities like Lady Gaga to promote the cause. Even if you don’t reside in California, many of these tips are simple and easy to keep in mind to help your community and your wallet alike.