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5 Tips On How To Save Water

Updated on July 27, 2014

Handy Tips on Saving Water Throughout the House

If you want to save money on your water bill or you’re becoming more eco-conscious, saving water is essential. Incidentally, many tips on saving water also help to reduce your carbon footprint, help you save on electricity use, and can help lower your overall energy bill.

Fresh water is becoming increasingly precious.

Here are tips for saving water in different areas of your home so that you can help preserve this essential resource.

Each section has five main tips for saving water, with extra ideas and explanations following each tip.


A picture of my sink.  One side has the dishes all "soaped" up.  The other side has some hot water in it for rinsing.  Incredibly, doing dishes this way saves water, energy AND time!
A picture of my sink. One side has the dishes all "soaped" up. The other side has some hot water in it for rinsing. Incredibly, doing dishes this way saves water, energy AND time! | Source

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5 Tips On Saving Water In the Kitchen

1. Use your kitchen faucet wisely.

  • Run the faucet at about half the volume for smaller tasks such as washing hands or rinsing dishes. You will use a lot less water over time by doing this.
  • Fill up a pitcher of water and put it in the fridge. That way, you’ll always have fresh, cold water on hand and won’t have to run the faucet, waiting for it to get cold.
  • If you buy bottled water because you don’t like the water from your tap, install a water filtration system to help improve the taste and remove impurities. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also reduce petroleum needs that go into bottling water and shipping.

2. Save by washing dishes a little differently and using a dishwasher less often.

  • If you do dishes by hand, fill up both sides of the sink: one for washing and the other for rinsing to help save water. I also find that this saves time!
  • If you use a dishwasher, be sure to run full loads only. Scrape plates immediately after eating and rinse if necessary. If food hardens on the plate, you’ll have to use a lot more water to get the food to come off.

3. You can save water with your appliances, too.

  • When it’s time to upgrade or replace your appliances, make sure they are “air-cooled” instead of “water-cooled.” Look for Energy Star appliances, as well, which will be optimized for energy and water savings. You might even get tax breaks for buying these types of appliances – check with your accountant or financial advisor for details.
  • Install a tankless water heater under the sink: you won’t have to run the faucet long to get hot water.

4. You can save even more water if you use water leftover from cooking.

  • When you have water from cooking/steaming vegetables and pasta, or even from soaking beans, let it cool. Then use it to water plants or to water the garden.

5. You can save water by washing your vegetables in a bowl.

  • Fill a bowl with water. You can wash many vegetables without having to change the water. Then, when you're finished, dump the water out in your garden or lawn.

My quick sketch of water efficiency.  You can install water-efficient aerators.
My quick sketch of water efficiency. You can install water-efficient aerators. | Source
My quick sketch of a toothbrush.  Don't forget: run the faucet only when you need to moisten the brush before brushing and then to rinse.
My quick sketch of a toothbrush. Don't forget: run the faucet only when you need to moisten the brush before brushing and then to rinse. | Source

5 Tips On Saving Water In the Bathroom

1. You can save a significant amount of water by retrofitting your commode.

  • If it’s time to upgrade or replace your older toilet (many use 3.5 gallons per flush or more), look for a “low flush” toilet. Your household can save up to 17,500 gallons per year! A low flush toilet has two settings: 1.6 gallons per flush or 0.8 gpf. I’ll let you guess as to when you would use the different settings.
  • You can try an easy, quick fix if you can’t replace your toilet to help save water. Get one to two quart-size water bottles for each toilet in your household. Fill with water – preferably leftover water from the kitchen – and depending on how big the tank is, place one to two bottles in the tank. Make sure they are screwed on tight and that they won’t interfere with any mechanisms inside the tank. This works to displace the water and the toilet will “think” it’s full with a lesser amount of water.
  • Fix any leaks in your commode. A good way to tell if you have a leak is to put a few drops of food coloring in the bowl. If the color clears in a few minutes, you have a leak. You may just need to tighten a washer or check a connection.

2. If you fix leaks, you can save LOTS of water.

  • A good way to tell if you have a water leak somewhere in the house is by turning all faucets off. Check your water meter. Don’t use any water for 1 hour and check the water meter again. The meter should read exactly the same; if it doesn’t, you have a leak. One leak can waste a tremendous amount of water. If you have to call a plumber, the savings you gain could quite possibly far outweigh the plumber’s bill.

3. Take short showers.

  • Showers easily make up 1/5 of all household water used. Many showerheads allow 5 gallons of water per minute to pass through. If you reduce the time you’re in there, not only do you save water, but you’ll save electricity – the water heater won’t have to work as hard. Use a timer to help you reduce the time you’re in the shower. Also, you can turn off the water while you are lathering up.
  • It’s easy to install a water control valve on a showerhead. When you turn it “off,” it keeps the water hot or cold.

4. Turn off the faucet when you’re shaving or brushing your teeth.

  • Leaving the water on for two minutes while you brush will waste several gallons of water. Just turn it on as you need it.

5. Install water-saving devices on all faucets in the bathroom and kitchen.

  • If you install water-efficient faucet aerators, you can go from three gallons per minute of water use to 1.5 gallons per minute of water use. You’ll save money and even electricity.

A photo of my garden composted and mulched with leaves to help it retain moisture.
A photo of my garden composted and mulched with leaves to help it retain moisture. | Source

5 Tips on Saving Water In the Garden and Around the Home

1. When it rains, you can collect rainwater to help save water.

  • Check with your local regulations, but if it’s all right, install gutters on your house to collect rainwater. Direct the water into a rain barrel. You can use this to water the lawn, water your vegetable garden, and even to wash your car.
  • In the house, you can use this water to clean with by filling a bucket and then cleaning with natural products.

2. Make sure outdoor water hoses don’t leak.

  • Use a water-efficient trigger nozzle and hose menders to help stop leaks and repair them. Be sure to check the size of your hose before heading to the hardware store as there are different sizes.

3. Try to replace your lawn with other plants.

  • You can replace a water-loving lawn with wildflowers, ground-cover, a vegetable garden, or you can try a new hobby: xeriscaping. Xeriscaping is gardening with water-conservation in mind.
  • If you have to have a lawn, consider letting it go dormant in the summers. Sure, everyone loves a green lawn, but it uses so much water to keep it that way. If you water once every three weeks or whenever it rains, it won’t be as bright and lush, but you’ll still have a flat space for the kids to play while saving energy.
  • Don’t water your lawn when it’s windy – you’ll end up watering lots of things besides the lawn.
  • Watering in the early morning is the best time: it doesn't evaporate that quickly and the sun will dry it out over the course of the day. Watering at sundown is another good time to water, though the moisture will “sit” longer and has a slightly higher risk of inviting disease.

4. Wash your car over your lawn.

  • Use a biodegradable soap and use a small amount. When you wash your car, you’ll also water your lawn.
  • You can also bathe pets, too, just be sure to use soap that is ecologically friendly if you'll be doing it on the lawn.

5. Use compost.

  • When you use compost/mulch your garden, the added “insulation” will help keep water from evaporating out of the soil on hot summer days. This reduces the need for watering. Great ingredients for using mulch are leaves, pine needles and wood chips. You can use compost that hasn’t broken down all the way, especially leaves. The compost helps to neutralize the soil for better plant growth and helps to naturally fertilize it, too.

Another look at my garden.  I have mulched with leaves to help keep moisture in and insulate the soil.  Those are onions poking through.
Another look at my garden. I have mulched with leaves to help keep moisture in and insulate the soil. Those are onions poking through. | Source

Sources and References

It's Easy Being Green - a great book full of lots of information including green tips, eco-websites, how to contact your representatives, and much more.

100 Ways To Conserve Water - Lots and lots of ideas on conserving water and energy in the home.


© 2012 Cynthia Calhoun

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      jinojohny 5 years ago from India Kerala

      Nice

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      These are great tips for saving water. There are so many ways we can save water. Love the drawings too!

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      Anna 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Lots of great tips here for conserving water. I'm going to try some of these!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      These are excellent tips, and some are very creative (such as washing vegetables in a bowl and recycling the water, or washing the car over the lawn). I feel so guilty when I forget and let the water run while I brush my teeth.

      Voted up and useful!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Excellent tips and awesome sketches!!! I once heard the running the faucet so the stream of water is the width of a pencil helps conserve water. I tried that, it wasn't sufficient enough for me. Outstanding hub CC.

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      Dan Human 5 years ago from Niagara Falls, NY

      Fantastic tips to save a little money and our environment. Even though water is inexpensive where I live near the Great Lakes, I still do my best to conserve.

      I'm curious to see how those inline water heaters work - they look pretty cool.

      My father built one of those rainwater collection barrels and I was surprised how well it works with watering the garden.

      Tweeting this!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Leaving the water running while brushing and shaving is a big sin of mine. My favorite tip is replacing the lawn, though that can be quite pricey. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      jinojohny - hey there, thanks for stopping by and reading. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      MT - thank you so much. Hehe, I had fun with the drawings. When I can't think of a "good" picture, I sometimes just do quick sketches. (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Global-Chica - the best part about all this is that none of it has to be expensive. :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Marcy - great to see you! If I'm left to my own devices, I'll definitely find creative ways to do things. Don't feel guilty - we all forget sometimes. If we all just "try" then we're making progress. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Thanks for the compliments, Sunshine. :D I'm with you: I often don't have the patience to let the water just trickle to wash my hands, but I generally aim somewhere where it's just not full blast, but I can still get the job done. Sending some HubLove and HubHugs to ya. ;)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      OD - thanks for reading and commenting. We got our rainbarrel from a friend who had about three of them and was giving one away. It's become a necessity. I would have included a picture of it here, but my husband will often take it to his job site so that he and everyone else can use it during the day to wash hands and other stuff while at the site. Thanks for sharing this - I appreciate it.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      alocsin - no need to spend lots to replace the lawn: just get some fast-growing bushes for your area. I would think low-growing and fast junipers could work. Or scatter some wildflower seeds and see what happens. :D Thanks for stopping by.

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      Michael S. 5 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

      Great job, cclitgirl. Very informative. I practice many of these tips. I'd love to collect rainwater one day, but I'll start first with nixing the flow while brushing my teeth!

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      As frugal as it gets, you did not leave out anything.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Good tips and love the sketches cindi.

      I am happy that I do most of them except the short showers...lol

      sheesh...gotta improve!!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      ithabise - hey there! Thanks for stopping by! The rain barrel is fun! Once you get one, you won't know what you ever did without it. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      rasta1 - hey friend! Great to see you. I definitely tried to be thorough in my research for this. :) Thanks for coming by!!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Ruchira - thanks so much for stopping by. (HUGS) Well, hey, we ALL can improve - I could take shorter showers, too, lol. But, it starts with the little things and then little by little we'll get there. :)

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      ladeda 5 years ago

      These are all great tips! Thanks for sharing this Hub!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      ladeda - I hope you enjoy all these tips. Thank you, too, for SHARING. I appreciate you stopping by. (HUGS)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      We have installed timers in our bathroom shower areas (five minute)and it does the trick. Your suggestions are great and hopefully, some of us will try using them to help conserve water. Voted up.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      teaches12345 - great to see you! I'm so glad to hear that you have already incorporated some great water-saving tips. You are awesome. :)

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Very many great ideas. Saving water is very important and should be taught to children from the very beginning. Voted up.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up, useful, and awesome CC. Very good article my friend. These are some great tips that I will begin applying today. Very useful article. We all need to conserve water anyway, plus saving money, it is a win-win.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Vellur - great point. I think if we can all impress good habits on our children, then they can grow up in a better world. :) Thanks for your wonderful comments.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      lyricwriter - even your comments sound so poetic! Thanks for stopping by. I've acquired these tips over the last few years and I thought it would be fun to share them. :) I love the win-win part. :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Even though the 2/3 of earth surface is covered with water, drinking water is becoming scarce in many places. saving water is saving life. Your tips are handy.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Vinaya - I am really concerned that we already have "water refugees" because of the scarcity of drinking water in some places. I agree: saving water is saving life - on so many levels. Thank you for stopping by, you amazing hubber, you. :)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      This is an excellent, comprehensive hub. I live in area that had a long three year drought and water conservation was mandatory. People would get tickets if they were caught washing their cars in their yards. This is a great start in taking better care of the Earth. Well done!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      tammy - thank you so much! Are you still in the Carolinas? A couple years ago, the town's wells went dry where I live in North Carolina - that was scary! Ever since then, I realized just how precious water is and I try to be judicious about how I use it.

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      networmed 5 years ago from SPL

      Interesting tips... and definitely a good reminders for saving water and money.

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Thank you very much. This was really helpful!

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      hildred 5 years ago from Oregon, USA

      Great hub. I already do most of these (although I could probably take more efficient showers). I wish I could do the dishwashing one, but my sink only has one "side" I guess you would say. Luckily I just don't cook much at all so I never have many dishes. My water bill is actually my lowest bill...the gas bill, on the other hand...ugh!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Woohoo, congratulations on Hub of the Day! Well deserved!

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      Organicpixie 5 years ago from London

      Voted Up and Useful...lots of great advice :)

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      These are great tips! We live in a mining zone and water is scarce, so I've already put into practice many of your suggestions. I like what you said about turning down water volume for smaller tasks....I hadn't thought of that one. Congrats on Hub of the Day!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Fantastic tips on saving water. I'm sorry that I missed this one earlier but I'm a little behind on my reading! :)

      Definitely deserving of Hub of the Day, congrats!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      networmed - thank you for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed the tips. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Nare Anthony - I am so glad you found this helpful. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Millionaire Tips - (HUGS) Thank you so much!! It's always great to see you; thank you for stopping by.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Organicpixie - thank you for the votes and for stopping by. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      vespawoolf - I love hearing that I can still help even a water "expert." :) Great to see you. I'm sorry that water is scarce where you are, but I'm glad you're able to use good water-saving practices to help conserve. (HUGS)

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      geetika iyer 5 years ago from India

      Great Hub with everyday usable tips! Enjoyed reading it and its always good to be reminded of what one needs to do on a daily basis. The bottle in the toilet flush was something I used to use but perhaps over the years forgot. Will get back to it.

      COngratulations on your hub of the day!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      cardelean - (HUGS) Great to see you. Thank you so much for taking time from your busy schedule to stop by. One of your amazing hubs is next - like that upholstery one. :D

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      zoey24 5 years ago from South England

      Well done on getting hub of the day :) Some great water saving tips here, voted up and useful.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      hildred - it sounds like you're well on your way to being a perfect citizen of water. :) Now for that gas bill, well, you'll get there, hehe. Thanks so much for stopping by. (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      geetika iyer - thank you so much for stopping by. I'm so glad you enjoyed reading and it sounds like you're already judicious in your use of water. (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      zoey24 - thanks for coming by! I appreciate the votes and support. Sending you some HubHugs~

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      TMHughes 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      It's amazing how much water you can save with a few little tricks! I save water when washing dishes by keeping the dishes out of the sink, that way I use less of the hot, soapy water. Then I rinse them all at once with my low flow faucet.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      TMHughes - Ah, yes, I love the idea of a low-flow faucet. That's a great idea! All it takes it just a little ingenuity and a teensy bit of elbow grease, and you've got lots of great ways to conserve for sure. Thanks for your ideas!!

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      jeyaramd 5 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      The tankless water heater is a brilliant idea along with having water cooled in your refrigerator. Washing vegetables in a dish is nice. We are recyling our water for many uses. Thanks for sharing these wonderful tips. Its just in time for springtime. Great gardening tips too. Voted up and awesome.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      This is a fabulous Hub with great benefits for the environment. Congratulations to you on having hub of the day for this well deserving work!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      jeyaramd - I admit I don't have a tankless water heater, yet. But it's because I've been able to conserve water on many other fronts. I do intend to get one. Thank you so much for the votes and for stopping by. Always great to see you!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Aw, tammy - HUGS to you. :) Thank you for stopping by, friend. You have been writing some *awesome* hubs yourself! :D

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      Keri Summers 5 years ago from West of England

      I learnt a new word today! Xeriscaping! Congrats on Hub of the Day, CC, well deserved, and great that such important eco issues are getting front page attention. I do try to conserve water but there are a couple of reminders and new tips here, thanks.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Way to go on Hub of the Day girl. This is great. A beautiful hub--so informative and well put together. I'm always impressed with how attractive and organized your hubs are. Way to go, cyber sis! I can see why this is HOTD! Voted up among many others!

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      iphone5news 5 years ago from NY

      You have posted some really great tip in there - I sure learned a lot!

      Always appreciate people sharing there knowledge

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Keri - hello! (HUGS) - great to see you. Thank you for your insightful comments and I do love it when eco-issues get some attention (and not because of this hub, hehe). I'm glad I could help you out with a new word: xeriscaping is actually quite fun to say out loud. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Vicki - my beloved cyber sister!! Abracitos! Thank you for your kind words and votes. These are great compliments coming from someone who consistently has the "best" and "hottest" hubs. High-five! ;)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      iphone5news - thank you for coming by! I'm so glad I can help people with some fun tips where they can also save a buck. Thank you so much for your kind words. :)

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      This is a great hub on water saving techniques. Congratulations on hub of the day on a really great hub that delivers!

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Great tips on how to save water. This hub is a good reminder to us. Thanks for posting it.

      Congratulations for Hub of the Day award!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Fantastic tips on ways to save water! You have really given me some good ideas to cut our water bill down. Congratulations on a well deserved hub of the day!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      HOTD for CC! Yay for you! It's an excellent hub and well deserved!!:)

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      MarieAlice 5 years ago from Peru

      really good tip; at home I´m always trying to take good care of our natural resources and conserve them. I¨m always teaching my kids tips on how to save water, take good care of electricity and more. With your hub I´ve learned more on how to save water!!!

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      Evylyn Rose 5 years ago from Colorado, USA

      Fantastic hub! It definitely deserves the HOTD spotlight. :) There were quite a few suggestions for reusing water that I hadn't considered before and I usually pride myself on making every effort to conserve water. I have new tricks to try out! Thank you for a great hub! Voted up and shared!

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      jjs 5 years ago

      Really good ideas. I, too, live in an area (South Texas) that has been experiencing drought for the past 3 years. Fire danger has been so high that most people are afraid to allow their lawns to get too dry and brown even though we have been in outside water rationing for almost 2 1/2 years.

      I do have another suggestion that we practice here. Place a 5 gallon bucket in the shower close to the head of the tub. The bucket will quickly fill up while you are soaping and rinsing. Very sobering to see just how much water is used while taking a shower. Afterward, use that water in the garden or on the lawn. If you have a spouse that's willing to cooperate, have that person take the bucket out for you and return it quickly to fill up again, or have a spare bucket(s) sitting outside of the shower to replace the full one. It's a good way to keep the lawn watered when rationing has been implemented. Especially if there are several members of the family showering daily.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Cyndi this is a very well presented and thoughtful hub, many congrats on achieving "hub of the day" - you deserve it!

      Voted up.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      homesteadbound - great to see you! (HUGS) I appreciate you stopping by. Thank you for the compliments. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      urmilashukla23 - hi there. Thank you for coming by! You are so sweet. (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Thanks again, alissa. :) I hope this helps lots of people save on their water bill and keeps as much fresh water around as possible. (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      My ray of Sunshine!! Woohoo. So glad you visited. :D (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      MarieAlice - thanks for coming by! I'm so psyched that your kiddos are learning great habits. I'm a teacher and I love teaching my little guys on how to save paper, water and lots of great stuff. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Evylyn Rose - hello my friend! Thanks for coming by! I hear ya about conserving water - I grew up in Colorado and we were often having to conserve - those droughts would make us do so for sure. It's a beautiful place, though. Those habits have just stuck with me. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      jjs - that's a great idea! Yet another way to reuse perfectly good water for something else. I love that! It is amazing to think that many showerheads allow 5 gpm through - so I can imagine that after a few minutes, that bucket would be good and full. :) But, you can wash the car, water the flowers - yes, what a great suggestion!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Cloverleaf - aw, HUGS to you. You always leave such wonderful, kind comments on my hubs. I truly appreciate your taking the time - quite often - to come by and say hi. Cheers!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Congrats!! What a practical hub--lots of great advice!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      AudreyHowitt - thanks for stopping by. :D Thank you so much for your compliments and I'm glad I can help get the word out about some great ideas to help the wallet and help keep fresh water on the planet. (HUGS)

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      LauraGT 5 years ago from MA

      Love the tip about reusing water used for cooking. Will try that one!

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      Deepika Arun 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Fantastic hub! Very informative! Water is the most essential aspect of nature that should be saved by us and used with caution!

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      jameebd 5 years ago from Dhaka

      Very useful tips. It'll help all and I think most of the readers will follow these tips. Thanks to cclitgirl.

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      disujaalbart 5 years ago from california

      Hiii... Useful information...

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      vasmenon 5 years ago from India

      They say that the 3rd world war would be over water!!! If every one is careful in using their share of water...we certainly can have a better world...On my part, there are a few things that you said, that I already practice, now your hub has given me ways to improve....Thanks a lot

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      CWanamaker 5 years ago from Arizona

      Very nicely done! I really like the drawings you added. It really is a nice touch. I will be sharing this hub on many platforms.

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      Sanath Nair 5 years ago from Kochi,India

      Nowadays there are aerators for all types of faucets. Be it kitchen or Lav. And toilet flushing systems are optimized to 3L/6L pattern. Technically we calculate the water flow rate from the output and fix it. Rather the optimization should start from the source itself. Good Informative Article.

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      Mike 5 years ago

      A good idea is to convert ocean water. Do you think we can convert it for day to day use.http://www.micoequipment.com

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      JoJMartin 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Excellent ideas! Never thought about saving cooking water for house plants! Thanks!

      Voted up!!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      LauraGT - Thank you so much for stopping by. I'm so glad you enjoyed this. (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Deepika Arun - thank you so much for stopping by! I definitely understand the preciousness of water and I hope humanity will really continue to use it carefully - more and more as the years go by.

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      Jay 5 years ago

      I can never quite understand the focus on 9% of water use (household use) whilst ignoring over 40% of the water use, in the production of meat. Want to save water? 1kg of meat is equivalent to approximately 1 shower, for one person, every single day for an entire year. Just 1kg of meat. That sounds like a logical way to save water. Though can be difficult for our addiction to the meat. Maybe we just don't care enough about the planet.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      jameebd - thank you for reading and commenting. I'm so glad that people are finding these tips helpful. I enjoyed writing and sharing this hub. Thanks!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      disujaalbart - hello back! Thank you for stopping by and for your insights. Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      vasmenon - I have heard that, too. Hopefully, by spreading the word, we all can work to make the world a better place, where all of us have what we need, including precious water. Thanks for stopping by. Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      CWanamaker - Thank you so much for the shares. I appreciate you stopping by and reading. I love to draw, so it's always fun when I get to do drawings for my hubs. :D Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      ksknair - thank you for stopping by and for your valuable comments. I appreciate your input. I'm glad you enjoyed this. Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Mike - maybe so. I know that technology and research is in progress to help convert sea water to fresh water. It's still an arduous process - as far as I heard last. Thanks for stopping by!!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      JoJMartin - oh, yes! Once that water is cool, there are lots of nutrients from cooking water that will help benefit plants. Thanks so much for stoppin by! Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Jay - well, I think it's important to start somewhere. If people can conserve in the home, then perhaps bigger industries will catch on that that's what the majority of people would like to do. There are countries around the world whose populations have made it CLEAR that their goal is conservation. If that becomes the main goal of the population of the US, then it will happen. I believe in a "lead by example" philosophy. If we can be examples to others, and others see that using resources wisely benefits everyone - whether you consider yourself an environmentally conscious person or not - then we can all move toward a better future as a human race in sync with the planet. And yes, I agree: if more people eat less meat, then less pasture, water and the whole bit are needed. Furthermore, that much less methane gas, which I've read is 10 times stronger than CO2, that will go into the atmosphere. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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      onlooker 5 years ago

      Useful and awesome information you've put together here. I am bookmarking this page. The simplest of things we don't do to save water, huh. I was already guilty when you mentioned turning the water on and waiting for it to get cold. Won't happen again. I am saving these tips. Thank you so much!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      onlooker - aw, thank you so much for stopping by. I appreciate your kind words. I'm so glad I could share some ideas that you can use. Thanks so much for stopping by! (HUGS)

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      Todd 5 years ago

      You can also use the water from your washing machine for various things like flushing the toilet.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Todd - yes, another idea for helping to save water. Wonderful! Thank you for your comments and for stopping by. Cheers!

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      cookies4breakfast 5 years ago from coastal North Carolina

      Voted up and very useful! Lots of great ideas for inside and outside the home.

      We did replace our showerheads with the low-flow, and we collect water in a pitcher as the water warms up for our showers. This water goes in the garden or the lawn. I'm trying hard to take shorter showers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      cookies4breakfast - I love your username! Though, hmmm...I hope you don't eat cookies for breakfast ALL the time. ;) In any case, I'm so glad to hear about so many people, including yourself, about some awesome things you've done around the home to help conserve water. You are awesome! I, too, try hard to take shorter showers. Of course, in the doldrums of a long, cold winter...well...nobody's perfect. :)

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      This is a very useful hub. It does not take so much to conserve water. It's just a matter of turning your tips into habits.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      jpcmc - you're absolutely right. It's just a matter of changing up some habits and it's definitely not expensive - even if you never got the tankless water heater. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I knew about most of these tips, too, but I will use the rest that I've learned here. Great article.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      aviannovice - great to see you! Sorry for the delay in responding - I've been out of town, but I'm back now. :) I'm glad I could help with some new tips.

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      Steve Mitchell 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Hiya ccg

      I am adding your link to a new hub I have just written, maybe you could do same for me. Great hub btw full of brilliant advice as usual.

      https://hubpages.com/living/How-to-save-water-duri...

      voted up/awesome

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Ah, yes, Steve, I think it would be good to link. Thanks for stopping by. I don't have a chance to do that right this second, but I'll definitely add your link. :)

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      Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

      I follow a lot of these tips already. My big no-no is long showers. I know I should get in, wash up and get out but sometimes that water feels so good and I might be trying to wake up or soothe some achy muscles from working out.

      Great tips here on saving water, which is fast becoming a scarce commodity in some parts of the world.

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      mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

      I use most of these points. We are running out of fresh water faster and faster every year and I am willing to do whatever I can to do my part. I do not have a garden or water my lawn so that part was obsolete for me, but the house hold stuff was a great reminder! Besides just water I am a great energy saver as well. The only 'appliance' that stays on all day is my computer and it is energy efficient! Otherwise I keep lights off till dark and even then put only the minimum on. Once again great hub and great reminder!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Danette...shh...I have a secret to tell. Because we have spring water, it just flows out of the mountain and we can hook it into the house. I take longer showers than I should (not THAT long, hehe), but you're right: once you're in, it just feels so nice. Thank you so much for stopping by - you sound like you are already so "green" :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      mythicalstorm - hehe, my computer stays on most of the day because I'm often writing or doing art or blogging or something like that. Hehe. But, like you, it's a laptop and energy efficient. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting again. You truly are a wonderful, supportive person here in the HP community. :)

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      excellent tips! Another good way to save money with water is to make homemade teas instead of buying the store bought brand :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      KDuBarry - I LOVE homemade teas. I use lots of stuff from my yard. :)

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      nicomp really 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      "Fill up a pitcher of water and put it in the fridge."

      And cover it. The fridge does two things: cool and dehumidify. An open container of water makes the mechanicals work harder and also hastens spoilage of items stored in there.

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      nicomp really 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      "A good way to tell if you have a water leak somewhere in the house is by turning all faucets off."

      Your water heater and your ice maker will still be running.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      nicomp - Indeed, good advice. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      nicomp - true, but from what I can tell, it would be negligible enough to read. Alas, you've seen the imperfection in this test, but you'd be able to tell if there was any kind of significant leak. Good pointer, though. Thanks for stopping by. Cheers!

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      Cholee Clay 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      Many of these tips I already use, however I definitely learned some new ones I can start using.

      I'd recommend not shaving your legs while in the shower too. Not only does it cut down time in the shower, but also cuts down on a ton of wasted water. I'm lucky enough to be able to dry shave my legs. So I fill two cups with water and rinse the razor in the cups and I have saved a ton of water this way. Another great and useful hub!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Shesabutterfly - great idea! I love it when people "add" to my ideas. Shaving in the shower does take time and water. I once heard that women never shaved their legs until the 50's when magazine companies made it a "style". hehe...Just a random thought. ;) Hubhugs!

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      rex michaels 4 years ago

      Info everyone needs great stuff!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Rex - yes, indeed! Thank you so much for stopping by and I appreciate you feedback. Cheers!

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      Kim Matthews promotional products 4 years ago

      Turn off the tap while polish teeth. Leaving the tap open for 1 minute is equal to 9 liters of water to remove. Don’t let it run.

      If possible, use the shower with the Shower. Washing with water bailer spend three times more than a bath with shower.

      Immediately fix a leaking tap. The tap water can remove 13 liters of water per day.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      KMPP - you have more fun tips! Thanks for sharing these. Cheers!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Cyndi, awesome hub and deservedly the hub of the day! Natural resources like water, and more so potable water, are dwindling by the day all over the globe. You have outlined innovative ways to conserve this precious resource.

      Voted up, useful, interesting and awesome. This hub is shared too.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Rajan - thank you so much! I appreciate your kind words and feedback. Incidentally, I was just in Colorado Springs, Colorado where there are major fires burning because the state doesn't receive much rain - and it used to rain all the time there. The importance of water is incredible. Thank you again for your kind words and shares. Hubhugs!

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      zachie rovz 4 years ago

      this comprehensive post brings people to the efficient green tips that they should do in order to save the earth and conserve water. thanks for this post. I have linked this to mine and you can view it here: http://www.gogreendigest.com/efficient-green-ways-...

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Zachie - Indeed, after a recent trip out west where so many fires are breaking out, it just reminded me more than ever that we all need to be diligent in our water conservation efforts. Thanks for stopping by.

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      nicomp really 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      We also need the government to get out of the way and let property owners clear away dead vegetation, which feeds many of these fires.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Nicomp - indeed, as the fires rage in Colorado Springs five miles away from my parents' home, I wonder about the long-term. Will there be enough water? Will there be more destructive fires? But, yes, we all should be able to do our part. Thanks for coming by.

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      nicomp really 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @cclitgirl : That must be terrifying for them and you. I hope they are OK.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      nicomp - thanks for asking. They had to evacuate, but then were allowed back home. I know other people weren't so lucky. I'm keeping close tabs on my family, and I'm happy to hear that the fire is 50% contained, with no new structures burning in the last couple of days. Whew! There are a lot of people out there helping, which is a relief. Now...if they could just get a lot of RAIN! :)

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      Samuel 4 years ago

      If you run your shower water into a tank then once each day use a 12 volt boat bilge pump from a small solar setup to pump water into a small raised tank, this water will then gravity feed to your toilet for flushing and is also good for the garden. If you have a fish tank or aquarium when you do a weekly water change syphon the water through a hose to your storage tank. If you use an hot water bottle on cold nights leave it in your bed when you get up and then when you have to wash the dishes the water from the bottle will still be warm from your body heat. If you plant a vegetable garden alongside your house remove a section of roof guttering over the garden so when it rains it will flow onto your garden. Take showers not baths as the water from one bathfull is equal to several showers. Use a soil wetting agent on your garden as this will mean you do not have to water as often.

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      Samuel 4 years ago

      Sometimes when i am on my own and cooking a meal I boil some vegetables in a pot, When they are cooked I pour the water off the vegetables through a strainer and into another pot. Then i put some butter, salt and pepper on the vegetables and mash them. After removing the vegetables form the pot I pour in the water from the other pot. Swirling it round to semi wash it I then pour the water and vegetable residue into a glass jug. It makes a very nice tasty vege drink and saves you using extra water as you don't need tea or coffee with your meal.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Samuel - more useful tips! Thank you for sharing these! You have lots of great ideas and it sounds like you have plenty of experience with conserving water. That's great that you use the veggie water to make a drink. I'll definitely try that sometime. It sounds like a green V8. :D

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      HouseBuyersUS 4 years ago from Centreville, Virginia, USA

      I really want to appreciate you for this hub...very useful tips on saving water...keep it up...nice work

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      HouseBuyersUS - thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your feedback and I'm glad you enjoyed this. Cheers!

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      Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Excellent, helpful hub. I can totally do lots of these things but how do I get a certain someone who has taken 3 long showers a day his whole life to switch? That would take a miracle! LOL

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Sinea Pies - really!?! 3 long showers in a day? My first thought: how is his skin? LOL I admit I don't always take the shortest of showers, but my remedy for that is cold water. I set the heat setting to low so that it gets colder faster and that helps. Also, just knowing my energy bill is lower is enough to motivate me to take shorter showers, too. LOL Thanks for stopping by!

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      Anna Sternfeldt 4 years ago from Svenljunga, Sweden

      Important stuff! We'll need more and more of this knowledge as water is a scarce resource, and in places where it isn't, it still requiers energy to clean and to pump up and to heat, so we still need to save.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Anna Sternfeldt - indeed! Though I have to say that Sweden is one of the most progressive countries when it comes to conservation and advancements in green technology - bravo!

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      Anna Sternfeldt 4 years ago from Svenljunga, Sweden

      Maybe..but many people are pretty lazy...

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Anna - haha, you're funny. :)

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      nicomp really 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Nice job getting in a free plug, nomart5.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Nicomp, lol, I approved yours, but didn't approve nomart5's comment. Nomart5 if you're reading this, most hubbers to not allow links in their comments as it is considered spam. Feel free to re-write that comment without the link and I'll approve it.

      Nicomp - thank you. :)

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      nicomp really 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      cclitgirl , Nomart5 created an account just to spam your comments. Many hubbers configure their hubs to automagically approve comments and some of us will allow these bottom-feeders to post their ads. Nomart5 may be a 'bot.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Ah, yes, thank you nicomp. Huh...usually the spam folder is pretty good about that, but then again, sometimes it catches legitimate stuff, too. I forget to check that sometimes. Generally I encourage the bottom feeders to find another pond...speaking of water, hehe.

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      nicomp really 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      cclitgirl , excellent way to turn the spammer back to your topic: pond/water, etc. Very well done.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      nicomp - lol. Dang bottom feeders. ;)

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      Subhas 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Definitely everywhere the talk is that the crisis already looming large is water and if we can save it, we are saving the life on earth. So if your hub can save a few hundred liters a day, will serve the purpose. Very rightly perceived idea.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Happy Earth Day! Great tips, CC!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Pinto2011 - indeed! I think water is going to become a precious, precious commodity and it's up to us to preserve it as best we can. :) Thank you! Happy Earth Day!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Happy Earth Day to you, too, Vicki. HUGS!

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      Arun Dev 21 months ago from United Countries of the World

      Thanks for sharing the tips. Have to bookmark this page. Voted up!

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      Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great tips Cynthia. Very conservative to save money on your utility bills. Voted up!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 20 months ago from Western NC

      Kristen - aww, thank you! Yes, those utilities can add up. Haha. Thank you!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 20 months ago from Western NC

      adevwriting - thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a great day!

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