Act for the angelfish by turning off the tap.
Watch your daily water use by checking your home's water meter and your
water bill to keep track of your overall water usage. Then compare your
personal and household consumption to global patterns. Are the results surprising? If what you learn is shocking, then use EPA’s water saving calculator to play your part to become water wise. Also, try getting young people around you involved in saving water.
Turn the tide for turtles by making water wise decisions. One of the best places to start here is with food. The water footprint
for food can be astounding. About 60 gallons for a couple servings of
potatoes, 72 gallons for a bottle of beer, and over 5,000 gallons for
two pounds of beef. Food packaging you choose also makes a difference.
Bring and use reusable containers to the store, or buy in bulk instead
of individually wrapped items.
As much as 30% of U.S. household water consumption comes from outdoor
use. To get a lush yard and garden without using all that clean water,
consider planting native and drought resistant species;
they don’t need much watering and can withstand natural weather
fluctuations. When you do need to water your plants there are many ways
to conserve water, such as drip irrigating systems that use between 20% and 50% less water than conventional in-ground sprinkler systems.
Make a whale of an effort by buying water efficient appliances. With
new technologies, big ticket items are becoming almost 1/3 more
efficient then their older counterparts. If you are in the market for a
new appliance, make sure you ask your retailer and get equipment
approved by a credible certification outfit, such as Energy Star.
These appliances work just as well as the older, less efficient ones,
their price tags are comparable, and you will save on your water bills
in the long run. At the very least you can put a bottle of water in the back of your toilet.