There are a lot of great tips here, and I do what is feasible for my area of the country. I live in the Southwest, where water is a precious commodity.
I haven't bought bottled water in years. The author mentions using a refillable bottle for water, which is great. Where I live, the water coming out of the tap is warm, even hot in the summer. So having a filter on the kitchen faucet doesn't work for me when I want a glass of water. I have a Brita water pitcher that I keep in my fridge. It has a filter in it & ensures that I always have cold water handy.
Instead of buying bottled ice tea or other drinks, which means having to recycle the glass or plastic bottles, make your own, and keep it in the fridge. Then refill your own bottles.
I only run the dishwasher when full, usually every other day. The same with the laundry - I only wash full loads, and in cold water.
Another simple change for saving water is to take shorter showers. Turn on the shower, get wet, turn off the water while soaping up & shampooing, then turn the water back on to rinse off.
- 4/23/2010 1:00:29 PM