When it comes to conserving water, conserving electricity is just as important. The average family of four uses roughly 400 gallons of water per day through direct use (cooking, cleaning, etc.). That same family of four uses 1,200 gallons of water per day through the electricity that they consume. Water conservation is about making both small and large changes on a personal and community level.
Here are some water-saving tips:
Reduce the amount of electricity you use – This may mean an action as simple as turning off lights when you leave a room, using energy efficient appliances or adjusting your heating/cooling mechanisms. It also might mean taking a leap to using renewable energy such as solar and wind if you have access to them.
Collecting rain water for household uses such as gardening and outdoor cleaning – Rain barrel collection system can be simple and easy to install. Using collected rainwater to garden rather than municipal water can have a huge household impact on your water footprint. CRF hosts rain barrel workshops to help get you started, see our Events page for more information.
For more water-saving tips, read this article on 100 Ways to Conserve Water or contact CRF directly.