Goody Green: Conserve H2O
My eco resolution for April is to reduce the amount of water I use every day. Did you know that we consume 800% more water than we did 100 years ago? With less than one percent of the water on our planet capable of being used and millions of people in the world without access to this limited supply, it's important that we all do our best to only use what we truly need.
I began treating my water problem by thinking about what room I use the most water in. And it's no surprise that the bathroom is basically the black hole of water waste in my home. But thanks to a few simple tips and some cool new products I came across, it was easy to give my water closet (no pun intended) an eco-friendly makeover in no time. My favorite DIY trick? Fill a 2 liter bottle with water and place it in the toilet tank so that when you flush the bottle displaces the water and (unbeknownst to the eye) you actually need less water to fill the tank and toilet up each time. But modern gadgets like low-flow shower heads (I love my new EcoFlow model from Waterpik!) and aerators can also save a ton of H2O without sacrificing water pressure. Plus, they're super easy to install and completely affordable (especially once you've factored in the savings in your water bill). Now, rest assured that I'll be able rinse all of the conditioner from my hair without going over my shower time limit, I'm one step closer to bathroom bliss….
To teach your kids about the importance of water conservation, visit the EPA WaterSense Kids website. And for 49 more ways you and your family can save water inside and outside of your home, click here.