Save Water to Save Money
Sometimes saving money is about saving something else!
Water costs money. But clean water is also a limited resource.We’ll get more into that later. But back to the money part: saving water is saving money. Not only is it good for the environment to save water, but it’s also great for your savings account!
Say good morning to the lawn!
Watering lawns is one of the biggest consumers of water in the country. There’s a lot that can be done to cut down on water use for landscaping: use grass and plants that are native to your area, mulching your clippings into the lawn, and don’t cut the grass too short. Another trick is to water the lawn early in the morning before the sun rises and it gets hot (when the water will evaporate faster). In the long run, grass might look nice, but it really isn’t needed. Flowers, trees, and shrubs are needed. What other options besides grass can you think of in a yard?
Turn it off!
Not all the water, just when you aren’t using it. Brushing your teeth? Wet your toothbrush and then turn off the water until it’s time to rinse. Don’t let the bath run until it’s hot only to add more cool water. If you’re helping your parents wash the car, fill up a bucket and only use that water to wash the car, then turn the water back on to rinse it off.
- Out of all the water on Earth, only one percent is drinkable.
- Nearly 400 billion gallons of water are used in the U.S. every day.
- Your brain is 70% water.
- The average home uses 320 gallons of water on lawns, gardens, or washing the car every day!
Filling up a bathtub can take 50–70 gallons of water. A shower uses 2.5 gallons per minute. So a ten-minute shower uses half to a third of the water that a bath takes. You might not be able to sit in the shower and play with floaty toys, but you can sing in the shower!
Save the rain!
Rain barrels are becoming more and more common. Collecting rain and using that to water plants or wash vehicles is a great way to save water!
Sweep it away!
If your driveway, sidewalks, patio, or deck are dirty, use a broom or a leaf blower. If they are in need of soap, use a bucket filled with water and scrub from there. If they are really dirty, a power washer uses about half the water as the hose and is going to clean a lot deeper.
Water might be almost everywhere we look. Every breath you take contains some water. But like money, clean water is a resource we can run out of. Learning to save water can help you learn to save money by knowing when to use it. And simply saving water will save money!