CHANGE FOR NATURE: CONSERVE WATER
Small changes add up—cutting back on water waste can help support nature’s future.
The #ChangeForNature movement is all about individuals making small changes that can add up to a big positive impact for the planet. Everyone needs water, of course—the average person uses 88 gallons per day—but it’s a very limited and precious resource. Taking a look at your daily water usage and seeing where you can cut back, conserve or use water more wisely is a great way to make your own change for nature. Here are a few pointers to help you get started!
Fine-Tune Your Routine
Stick a note on your bathroom mirror as a reminder to turn off the tap while you’re brushing your teeth and washing your hands. (Bonus points if you do the same for your kitchen sink!)
Look Out For Leaks
We’ve all ignored a leaky faucet or a running toilet at one point or another—but not anymore. Fixing a slow leak in a faucet can save 50+ gallons of water per day, and you’ll save 100 gallons by stopping a toilet leak. Check for leaks this week, and seal them if you find them!
Take Smarter Showers
We know that shorter showers are a big water-saver, but you can save even more before you ever hop in. Keep a pail or a big bowl in the shower and let water collect while it’s warming up, then use that water to keep pets or plants well hydrated—it’s going down the drain otherwise! If you want to go the extra mile, switch to a low-flow showerhead to cut your gallons-per-minute in half for every shower you take.
Get Some Tech Support
Dropcountr is an app that’s sole purpose is to help you understand and manage your personal water usage. It gives you an overview of your data, which you can compare to similar homes nearby and set new water-conservation goals for your household. Nothing like a little competition to keep you motivated!
If you have a garden, think about ways to make your greenery even greener, planet-wise. You can choose drought-resistant plants that require less water to thrive, and keep a thick layer of mulch around plants and trees to help block water evaporation.
Wrangle Those Raindrops
If you’re feeling extra motivated, consider a rain barrel. Some municipalities provide them for free to encourage residents to save water, and there are plenty of installation guides online. You’ll be able to water your plants with rainwater instead of drinking water—how cool is that? (Also, get ready to say hello to some serious water bill savings.) Look into what’s available near you!