15 Tips to Save Water



I hope you had a great 4th of July! I celebrated in Big Bear with friends and family. It was nice to be in the mountains and to watch the fireworks show over the lake. Where we watched the fireworks from should have been underwater. I didn’t take a picture, but wish I had (sorry), we were sitting next to docks that should have been floating. In Southern California we are in a pretty serious drought and living in San Diego means that we are at the end of California’s water supply line. While the dry part of the lake made for a great spot to see the fireworks, it made me realize that I need to start doing more to conserve water. Sadly this isn’t my first drought but luckily I was taught while growing up in Southern California many important water saving methods. Many of these tips I already do around our home but it’s time to up my game and take on a few more, I hope you’ll join me!

Let’s save some water (15 Tips to Save Water)

  1. Turn off the water when you brush your teeth (Seriously why are people still leaving the water on?) You can save up to 4 gallons a minute!
  2. Water outside plants and planters boxes with watering cans instead of the hose or make sure your hose has a shut off nozzle.
  3. Check for leaks inside and outside AND fix them.
  4. Only run the dishwasher (I wish we had one) or washing machine if you have a full load.
  5. Plug the sink while washing dishes, it can save up to 1 liter of water every 6 seconds!
  6. Replace faucets, shower heads and toilets with low flow water efficient ones. I’m an eco nerd and I must admit I get excited when I see a toilet has the half flush option…blushing.
  7. Put mulch around the base of your outside plants to help reduce water evaporation.
  8. Buy and plant drought tolerant plants.
  9. Use a broom to clean up driveways and sidewalks not the hose.
  10. Use less plastic.
  11. Eat less meat.
  12. Take shorter showers, about 5 minutes.
  13. Although many would say it’s not a water saving tip to take a bath they are way too relaxing and necessary at times. A tip to saving water while still enjoying your bath is to plug the tub right when you turn on the water.
  14. Use a small bucket to collect water while your shower is warming up and use it to water outdoor plants.
  15. Collect the water you use while rinsing your fruits and veggies to water houseplants.

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4th of July Treehugger!

What do you do already or what are you going to start doing to save water? I’d love to know. Our world needs our help and we can make a few little changes and save A LOT of water.


8 thoughts on “15 Tips to Save Water

  1. I had to laugh at #9, because I used to have a neighbor that would water his tree to keep the leaves and pollen in control–like spraying down the branches–not watering the ground. And then he would proceed to blast the grass and sidewalk with the hose instead of using a rake and broom. It would drive me nuts! But I’m happy to report I do most of the things on your list. Now, to perfect the 5 minute shower…

    1. OMG Natalie that would drive me crazy too! I’m sure living in AZ you all think about water a lot too, happy to hear! Those 5 minute showers are a challenge but I make sure to keep them short when I’m not washing my hair or shaving to compensate for the longer ones ;)

  2. Number 14 & 15 are good ideas! Our shower takes forever to warm up. We also have to fix our toilets from running, so that’s on the list too!

    1. Thanks Sarah! I’m glad you like them. Catching the water from rinsing fruits and veggies is something I’m going to start doing too. I think I just need to have a small bowl next to the sink to make it easy so it really happens. Fixing the running toilet will save so much water! I’m happy to hear it’s on your to do list :)

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