Water Conservation Tips for the Holidays

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Water is one of the most valuable resources on the planet, yet most people think nothing of it. You simply turn on your tap and water freely flows from it. However, water use is something that you need to be conscious of. While most of the planet is covered by water, only a limited amount is suitable for use.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American uses about 100 gallons of water every day and 36 states have indicated that they are suffering from a water shortage. Pretty astounding statistics about water, wouldn't you say?Given that water is such a valuable resource, conservation really is exceptionally important and should be a part of your everyday life. Over the holidays, when you are welcoming guests into your home and cooking up big feasts, try to be even more mindful of your water use.

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Here are some suggestions that will help you remain water wise during the holiday season:

Inspect Water Sources: With more guests visiting your home, your sinks, toilets and showers are bound to be used more. Ensure that they are running properly and that water isn't being wasted by checking your water sources. Check for leaks in pipes in faucets and make sure that water valves are shutting offer properly, for example.

Install Water Saving Faucets: To cut back on water consumption, install water saving faucets. Replace the faucets in your kitchen and bathroom sinks and change out your shower heads for water saving options.

Use a Water Footprint Calculator: Chances are that you don't even realize how much water you use. With a water footprint calculator, you can actually see how much water you use and keep better tabs on your consumption.

Install an Instant Water Heater: Does it take ages for your water to heat up? If so, you
probably run your water until it warms up. This is understandable, since nobody likes taking a cold shower; however, running the water until it warms up is quite wasteful. To cut back on this waste, install an instant water heater. This will take care of unnecessary water waste, as well as your cold water problem.

Cook Wisely: Are you planning on preparing pastas, potatoes or anything else that requires water to cook? If so, be as water-wise as possible while cooking. Don't overfill pots and pans; only use as much water as you really need to cook with. Even this little fix can go a really long way in water conservation efforts.

Washing Food: Instead of cleaning fruits and vegetables under running water, fill a large
bowl with water, soak them, scrub them with a soft-bristle brush and rinse.

Use the Dishwasher: Here is a tip that will save water and time: Use the dishwasher. Washing dishes by hand uses much more water than a dishwasher, not to mention the fact that it takes much longer. Another added bonus; you'll avoid those dishpan hands.

With these tips in mind, you'll save a great deal of water during the holiday season. Make these suggestions a part of your everyday life and you'll save water all year long, too.

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Uma Campbell is a freelance writer from Southern California. She loves writing about home decor, home design, and environmental trends. To view more of her writing, you can visit the Luxe Water Walls blog.

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