Top 10 Ways People Waste Water Without Realizing It
November 11, 2007, 1:25 pm
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Here’s a list of things people don’t normally pay attention to, but that you should for a more eco-friendly household.

(1) Dishwasher- Dishwashers can waste so much water if you run it when it is not full. A way to prevent this is to wash your dishes without use of the dishwasher. If you do need to use a dishwasher, make sure it is completely full before you turn it on. If you can buy a new dishwasher, invest in an Energy Star or other energy efficient dishwashers.

(2) Brushing Teeth / Washing Dishes WITH the Water Running- DO NOT keep water running while brushing your teeth/ doing the dishes. When you brush your teeth, wet the toothbrush first and turn the water off immediately. And use a natural toothpaste, like Tom’s of Maine. Only use the water to rinse. Same for dish washing. Scrub the dishes without the water on, and then turn the water on to rinse off the soap. I hope you are using a Biodegradable Soap, like Seventh Generation. These soaps are made %100 naturally, and help the petrolium levels in the air. This is what is used in my house, and it makes me feel good about doing the dishes.

(3) Shaving (Men)- Men, you do not need the water running when you shave. Fill the sink up a little less than halfway, and use that water to rinse your blade.

(4) Shaving (Women)- When you shave in the shower, do you really need the water running? Turn off the water while you shave your legs. I put conditioner in my hair, fill cup with water, sit in the bathtub and shave, with the water off, while my hair is being conditioned!

(5) If Its Yellow, Let it Mellow. If Its Brown, Flush it Down- Some people are bothered by this, but it is essential. Every time you flush the toilet, you waste 10 gallons of water. So why not just flush when necessary?

(6) Car Wash-This may be hard for us city folks, but if you have a lawn, Wash your car on it! Use Biodegradable soap, like Simple Green’s Car Wash , and a bucket of water. Only turn on the hose for the final rinse. Your car will be clean, your lawn will be fed, and by doing this you know you did a lot to help the environment.

(7) Leaky Toilets / Leaky Faucets-If you notice a leaky pipe, faucet, or toilet, get it fixed immediately. A leaky toilet, for example, can waste up to 200 gallons of water a DAY. So please, fix your water problems.

(8) Bathtime! Bathtime is no longer Funtime. It wastes an unnecessary amount of water. an average shower uses 1/5 the amount of water that is needed for a bath! Teach kids to take showers early on. It all really adds up. So please, take a shower not a bath.

(9) Using the Toilet as a Garbage Can- Do Not Do This! Throw out everything in a garbage can, even if it is tempting to just throw it in the toilet. Tissues, Hair, and Bugs are things that people generally throw away in the toilet, but they will be disposed if thrown away in the garbage can as well.

(10) Hot Water-Only use hot water when absolutely necessary. Hot water uses a lot more energy, and it isn’t always necessary. So think about what is needed before turning that hot water knob!


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Wow do I feel proud of myself now. I have been living like this for my whole life now, hope other people I know or don’t can see this.

Comment by Jesse

Conservation is the key to the world that we live in today. I have been attempting to teach my son those very same rules about dish washing. But let me be honest…I used to be a person who loved to hear the sound of the water rushing over the dishes. However, when I owned my first house and saw the water bill I decided it was better to see a low water bill and nix the sound of rushing water. I will go to the beach so I can enjoy the sound of the waves crashing! Where is the dish washing liquid sold at? Thanks for that “green” reminder”.

Comment by riveroflifelisajoy

Makes a whole lot of sense to me. Thanks for sharing.

Comment by aliti

These tips are useful but I’ve already read them in so many places, what I want is a few communities to start the trend that has begun in eco-villages and change their water drainage system to the natural reed pond. Even the flush water comes out clean!
Have you heard of this and have you got a link for it?

Also if you are into water read Living Water by Olaf Alexandersson it is about an Austrian (Victor Schauberger) who realised water contains and relies on a living energy that we need yet we deplete with our piped sewage systems. He got the Austrain government to listen to him despite reason telling them he was wrong. He was a very cool man, even invented a copper plough that did the job of fertilisers.

Comment by sixpillarstopersia

“Your car will be clean, your lawn will be fed, and by doing this you know you did a lot to help the environment.”

I wouldn’t advise you to do that if you don’t want to poison your garden with all the bad stuff that rinses off your car. Ever seen snow on the roadside? After one day it has become black — so this is what ends up in your garden if you wash your car there. 😉

I’ve got another one: if possible, collect rain water for watering your plants. You can even use it for wiping floors, rinsing off dirty boots etc.

Comment by cschwartz

Hmm, washing your car on your lawn is a good tip (if I had a lawn). But the toilet flushing? I don’t know about that one. I’m more worried about leaving the bowl all dirty. 😦

Comment by Curtis

I don’t believe you can actually waste water. The water that is on the earth today is the same water that was on the earth at its creation. If you contaminate water the earth’s filtration system filters that water and the end result is clean usable water. If this is not true let me know. I know this sounds crazy but its true. The same water that was used by the first people on earth is the same water that is here now. By now if it were possible to pollute beyond its recovery we would be out it by now. To prove this, is there any more water being made today,no.

Comment by Tom

i got few more points to save water

Comment by karanemania

thanks for helping me out but how can we stop this?

Comment by anonymous

i need help by finding ways to save and waste water.

Comment by cieaira

I really think you put on some good things on your website. It is really helpful.


Comment by Kseniya

yellow? mellow?
what the hell! seriously who doesnt flush there toilet.. waste of time

Comment by sikkent

if its yellow let it mellow
if its brown flush it down 😀

OH YEAH …woooooooooo!!!!

Comment by bob misfitsimmons


Comment by dfghj

Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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