Conserving Water at Home

I decided I was tired of standing at the sink running the water down the drain, while I waited on it to change to hot water to use. My goodness what a surprise I had when I used a pitcher to catch the water! I was wasting almost a gallon every time I was waiting on the water to get hot. Now I keep a pitcher nearby, and I save the water to use during the day.


Calculating the savings: 2 gallons a day (AM and PM) = 14 gallons in one week or 14 x 52 weeks = 728 gallons a year I was throwing away. Now I simply use the pitcher of water to make tea, coffee, or to water plants. I cannot imagine how much the gallon of water was costing me while I waited on the water to turn to hot. This is the most simple "going green water" solution I have come across yet, and all you need is a pitcher.

By Marsha Fleenor from Greenville, NC

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January 24, 2014

I live in the desert. Water is like gold, but is wasted more times than I care to mention. Here's some insight on how I "repurpose" water.

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During the stormy season, keep barrels at the ends of the house for water run off. This can be used to water the garden, water the animals and other outside things.

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December 9, 2011

I hate wasting water trying to wash my slimy, messy hands after mixing ingredients. So just before I turn the water on to wash, I take a paper towel or paper napkins and wipe off as much of the mess from my hands and under my finger nails.

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Practicing water conservation saves you money, protects the health of your family and reduces the risk of damaging your access to quality drinking water. Water conservation also prevents water pollution-which hurts the environment and ultimately costs money to remedy.

Water in a stainless steel sink.

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A friend recently put me onto catching the water that my air conditioning unit produces. Living in Florida, I have been able to recycle at least two gallons of pure water daily.

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June 3, 2004

After you've hand-washed your vehicle, don't pour out the bucket of soapy water solution just yet-there's still a lot of cleaning power in those suds; pour it on dirty spots on your patio, carport/gargage floor, picnic table, you-name-it! Scrub the dirty spots with a stiff broom, then rinse with clean water. Voila! You've gotten double duty from your bucket of detergent! By Becky

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February 14, 2012

As we run the water to the correct temperature before showering, we gather the cold water in a bucket. We pour that bucket of water into our washing machine, ready to use for the next load of laundry.

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October 12, 2004

Instead of rinsing dishes under running water when dishwashing, fill a basin with rinse water and a small splash of vinegar (the vinegar neutralizes the dish detergent and leaves the glasses sparkling).

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July 29, 2014

Almost all toilets can be easily retrofitted to allow a extra low flush by adding some plumbers putty to the inside of a hollow flapper which most 'cheap' toilets have. This makes the flapper heavy and not allow it to float.

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Instead of letting your tap run for a cooler drink of water, save the water that runs as you wait for warmer or cooler water in a clean milk jug or pitcher (glass will keep it even colder). Put the jug into the fridge.

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September 12, 2018

Water, being such a valuable resource, should never be wasted. When running the faucet to get hot water, collect the water in a bucket or cut-up gallon milk bottle. We live in a small house and we can fill two, gallon milk jugs of water before the water is hot.

A milk jug with the top cut off for collecting water.

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Kelly Ann Butterbaugh
July 28, 2006

Water conservation is an ecologically responsible choice, but can it also be an economically sound choice? Of course it can! Whether you pay for a city water bill every few months or the electric bill for a well water pump, the less water you use the less money you pay.

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April 17, 2018

How are people finding new ways to conserve water in the home?


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Saving shower and bath water and using that to flush toilets.

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  • Turn off the water when brushing teeth and shaving
  • Reuse cups and plates when you eat (less dishwashing)
  • Don't use running water for defrosting
  • Take baths 1/4 of the way full, then use the water to flush the toilet
  • Reserve the water that's running while you're waiting for it to warm up in buckets and use it later
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Conserving water is a good thing but many people find the recommended methods too tedious and so they are "short lived".

  • The best methods are the ones you will continue even after the "new" wears off.
  • Also, some methods are good for the young but maybe not for the seniors.
  • I save my water from my kitchen faucets in large detergent containers and generally add a teaspoon of Epsom Salt to use on my houseplants and patio plants.
  • I generally start my shower when I turn the water on so there is no waste waiting on the hot water. But, I had a 5 gallon hot waterheater installed directly behind my shower so there is only a 1-2 minute wait for hot water.
  • I keep several containers of water on my back patio so there is no waste when watering my plants. My yard plants are mostly fed water with a drip system or a soaker hose so no water is wasted blowing in the wind or running down the street.
  • I have learned to turn off the water if my hand is not under the faucet - brushing teeth, removing facial cleaners, rinsing dishes.
  • There have to be other ways and I'm open to any sensible methods that anyone else suggests.
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May 8, 2012

This page is about conserving water in the garden. There are many ways to use less water on your garden, and still have a bountiful harvest.

Watering the Garden

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June 23, 2010

Use a water timer for all plants, lawns, trees, and shrubs. Save water by using a drip system.

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January 31, 2007
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