Did you know that the average American family uses about 400 gallons of water each day? We’ve covered some tips in the past on how to save water at home. But, it really is a family effort.
If everyone in your family made one different choice each day that conserved water, think about how many gallons you could save each day? Not only will you be shocked at how much water you’ve been wasting, but you’ll also love saving money on your water bill!
One of the best ways to get the whole family involved in saving water is to turn it into a challenge.
See who can save the most water each week. Turning anything into a healthy competition is bound to motivate your family to do their best!
So, how can you get everyone, from your spouse to your kids involved in conserving water?
Let’s look at a few easy tips.
Don’t Take Baths
Sometimes, nothing sounds better than a nice relaxing bath, right? Many young kids also prefer taking baths to showers. Unfortunately, filling up the tub ends up wasting a lot of water. It’s unnecessary to use that much water just to get clean.
Instead, opt for a quick shower! That’s actually another hidden tip: Try shaving a few minutes off your daily shower. Even shortening your shower by just five minutes can have a huge impact.
Fill the Sink
It might seem contradictory for us to tell you not to take a bath, but to fill up your kitchen sink for dishes.
Let’s clear that up.
Putting a plug in your kitchen sink to do the dishes will end up using a lot less water than running the faucet the whole time. Fill the tub once with soapy water, wash your dishes, and give them a quick rinse at the end. That way, you won’t literally be pouring water (and money!) down your drain.
This is a great way for the kids to chip in on saving water if doing the dishes is one of their daily chores.
Start Saving Outside
Does someone in your family have a green thumb or like to work outside? They can enjoy their hobbies and conserve water at the same time.
Choose plants that don’t require a lot of watering. When you do have to water them, make sure you’re doing it on cooler days. When you water on hot days, or in the middle of the day, a lot of that water can evaporate, meaning you’ll have to water more frequently.
Why is it Important to Conserve Water as a Family?
There are so many benefits to making water conservation a family affair. Not only are you helping the current state of our planet, but you’re teaching your children to be responsible with water use for the rest of their lives.
Conserving water as a family sets an example. But, it also might make you more aware of other areas in your life where you can start making impactful changes, too. Maybe you’ll start focusing on energy conservation, or recycling. Being more aware and making your children more aware of what will sustain our planet can create a much brighter future.