Americans consume more water during the summer than any other season, particularly in Albuquerque where temperatures can climb to the 90s!

 

However, it's important to conserve water whenever and wherever possible. Doing so can help you save money, as well as help the environment. Here are 8 tips to help you save water.

 

1. Reuse water whenever possible

You can save a tremendous amount of water by using the same water to perform multiple tasks around your Las Cruces home. For example: instead of rinsing fruits and vegetables in the sink, put water in a dish and rinse them there. When you're done, use the leftover water for your houseplants or lawn. Or if your shower takes a minute or so to warm up, start saving that water and then water your plants with it. 

 

2. Use a pitcher for drinking water

Instead of filling a glass of water in the sink, invest in a water pitcher to store in your fridge. This ensures that water is not wasted down the drain by running the tap. Some pitchers are outfitted with water filters, which can help purify the water and improve its taste.

 

 

3. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving

Next time you brush your teeth, wet the tooth brush and then turn the faucet off while you brush. Doing so can save as much as four gallons per minute. When shaving, try filling up your sink with a few inches of water for rinsing your razor.

 

4. Avoid rinsing dirty dishes with running water

When hand-washing your dishes, fill one side of your sink with soapy water and the other side with clean water. This method saves much more water than rinsing your dishes with a running faucet. If you prefer to use a dishwasher, scrape the leftover food off your plates instead of rinsing them. Newer dishwashers and detergents are powerful enough to thoroughly clean your dishes without rinsing beforehand.

 

5. Use a water-efficient showerhead

Try this experiment at home: take a one-gallon bucket and fill it up with the water from your showerhead. If the bucket fills up in less than 20 seconds, your showerhead expels too much water. Consider installing a showerhead that uses 2.5 gallons per minute or less to conserve water.

 

6. Find and fix leaky faucets

Check your kitchen and bathroom sinks to see if they're dripping. A leaky faucet can waste as much as 20 gallons of water a day. Thankfully, fixing a leaky faucet is much easier than you may think and usually requires little more than a wrench to repair. DoItYourself.com has a handy guide to fixing a variety of different faucets typically found in homes.

 

7. Only water plants when necessary

Did you know that more plants die from over-watering than under-watering? Prevent this by only watering your plants when they need it most. Try to water your plants early in the morning, when cooler temperatures reduce evaporation. To make it simpler, invest in a self-watering system with a timer so your plants get the water they need at the right time. Make sure you adhere to the Albuquerque Water Authority.

 

8. Reduce unnecessary flushing

You might be tempted to dispose of dead bugs, cigarette butts or used facial tissues in the toilet. However, these unwanted items should be thrown in the trash instead. A typical toilet can use as much as seven gallons of water per flush.