With drought spreading around the planet faster than ever, water conservation is becoming increasingly important. While there are plenty of professionals spending time studying this conservation on a large, global scale, there are plenty of things we can do at home to minimize our water usage.

  • Install water-saving showerheads to lessen the amount of water wasted during showers. These are inexpensive and easy to install, and some drought-stricken cities and counties even offer rebates to buyers.
  • Don’t let your sink run! Whether you’re washing dishes, shaving, brushing your teeth or cleaning off fruits and vegetables, allowing your sink to run continuously wastes water. Wet what you need to, turn the water off and then let it run again when you’re doing your final rinsing.
  • Wash dishes and laundry only on full loads. Running a dishwasher and a washing machine both require ample amounts of water. Even with lighter settings on each, it conserves significantly more water to run only large loads than several small ones.

These are three very easy steps to improve water conservation in your home. They don’t require much work on the behalf of the homeowner and are also inexpensive. Fresh, clean water is a limited resource on this planet, so conserving as much as possible is incredibly important. While many are only feelings the effects of the droughts now, a lack of conservation will only worsen our current state. So do your part, even if it’s the easy steps listed here!