A Quantum of Solace: Five Easy Ways to Save Water at Home

Posted on by Steve Stillwater

In the most recent installment of the James Bond movie series (Quantum of Solace), the bad guys were trying to take control of the fresh water supply in a South American country. This is not such a far-fetched idea for a major crime. Why? Because fresh water is fast becoming a scarce resource, and it is also going up in cost. Taking steps to conserve water is an integral part of developing a greener lifestyle. Focusing on just one room in your house - the bathroom - here are five easy things you can do that will conserve water. 1. Fix toilet and faucet leaks immediately. 
A dripping faucet or running toilet waste water 24-7, and the amounts add up quickly. 2. Turn the water off while brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing your face. There is no need to have the faucet running continuously. 3. Take showers rather than baths and limit your showers to 5 minutes. Showers are more efficient with water than baths. 
And although I love the feeling of hot water running over me as much as anyone else, limiting showers to 5 minutes will likely save you about 10,000 gallons of water per year, adding up to some real money on your water bill over time. 4. Put a milk jug filled with stones in your toilet tank to displace water. Saving a half-gallon or a gallon of water on each flush adds up quickly. Better yet, have a low-volume-flushing toilet installed. 5. Collect the water that runs while you are waiting for your shower to warm up and use it to water your lawn and flowerbeds. I admit this requires more effort, but only a little bit. All five of the tips listed above will reduce the water you use in your bathroom. Water you don't use is both water conserved and water you don't have to pay for, saving you money as you develop a greener lifestyle. Want more ideas for easy ways to live greener and save some green, too? Check out our web site: www.LivingGreenandSavingEnergy.com.