Sustainable Living: How to Create Conscious Water Consumers: 6 Steps to Take
Sustainable living is all about taking conscious steps to minimize the impact of our purchases and actions. With water as earth’s most precious resource, it is important that we practice sustainable living and help to conserve it. Here are six steps that you can take to help conserve water as a consumer.
- Use less water: this is a basic and definite tenet of sustainable living that goes through the other steps. Whether you’re using water, using manufactured products, or doing pretty much anything else, consider your water usage. Consciously trying to calculate your water usage can help you remember to turn it off, use less, buy smarter and overall use less water.
- Buy water saving items: When it comes time to upgrade or build your home, buy items that save water. Many people are aware of low-flow showerheads, but you may be unaware of advancements in other water saving appliances. In bathrooms, toilets can be low flow or even newer models allow you to choose whether you need a large flush for solid waste or small flush for liquid waste. Faucets in your sink can also be low flow to save water when you turn on the tap. Even though most of us remember to close the taps each time we brush or wash, the time it takes to move your hand from under the faucet to the handle means that precious liquid is flowing. Using a low flow faucet means that less water is wasted during this time—and a motion sensor can mean even less waste. Timed sprinklers and hoses with devices can help you save water in the yard.
- Know the footprint of your food: Many water conscious consumers are going vegetarian, or eating mostly vegetarian, because of the vast amounts of water it takes to raise cattle. Eating less meat is a great way to save water. But what you may have not considered as an aspect of sustainable living is that some crops consume more water than others. For example, the larger the animal, the more water needed, so eat chicken over beef. It takes more water to grow grapes than it takes to produce beer, so drink beer over wine. It requires less water to grow soybeans for tofu than lentils for vegetarian proteins, so eat more tofu than lentils. Pasta uses less water to produce than rice. Research the water needs of your favorite foods and then adjust your diet accordingly to reduce the amount of water needed.
- Landscape wisely: There’s nothing more frustrating than watching a broken sprinkler going off in the midst of a drought. Avoid things like broken sprinklers by taking care of your yard and planting drought resistant vegetation that requires little water. Gravel and cacti make attractive gardens that don’t consume gross amounts of water like flowers and grass.
- Plug Leaks: if you hear water running or notice damp spots, check them out immediately. Plugging leaks as soon as possible can help reduce wasted water and make you more conscious of where your water is going. Checking your monthly water bill is a great way to spot possible leaks. If you are consciously using less water but your water bill remains the same or increases, it is likely that you have a leak in your home or yard.
- Shop consciously: Manufactured products use a lot of water to produce. Items like clothing, especially denim, are known to require a lot of water to get rid of toxins and chemicals. Shop brands that are dedicated to sustainable living and try to reuse or repurpose or buy used items whenever possible to reduce the need for water use in creating newly manufactured things.
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