You love saving water and money almost as much as you love your home. So here are some tips for doing both — decreasing your water usage and saving your hard-earned cash.
Wash your plants … then feed them
When you get home from the grocery store and wash your produce, don’t throw away that used water! Cleaning the plants you eat can water your decorative ones. Save the water you just poured and give it to your thirsty ficus, aloe vera or jade plant.
Doing the dishes just got easier
Ah, dinner is done. Time to wash those dishes. But not so fast! You don’t want leftover food clogging your dishwasher, but you don’t want to waste water by rinsing them off either. The solution? Scrape your plates into the trash; only then should you put them in the dishwasher. And don’t run your dishwasher until it is full of dishes. That dishwasher uses a lot of water!
Get your water free
In this high mountain desert region, we often love the rain — until we’re tired of it in the spring or fall. Have you considered collecting all that free water, though, with barrels under your rain gutter spouts? You can use that rain water later on your landscaping, for your indoor plants, to flush toilets and for a myriad other things. Heck, some people swear that washing their hair in rain water results is soft, luxurious locks.