How to conserve water at home – 7 tips

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conserve-waterDay 17 of our carbon fast was all about water.

The suggestion read “Reduce water usage in your home by fixing leaky faucets, which can waste up to 50 gallons a day. Turn the tap off and on during shaving, washing hands and brushing teeth. (You can save a gallon of water while washing hands, 9 ½ gallons brushing teeth, and up to 19 while shaving by turning the water on and off.) Only flush the toilet when absolutely necessary. “

Here’s what water conservation looks like at Chez Green

Leaky faucets

Leaky faucets, we have none. Little miss green would be mad with me if we did. One of her fears is of running taps that are left to the extent all the water from the reservoir runs out – bless.

Turning off taps

Turning off the tap when brushing teeth and hands – check.

Flushing toilets

Letting it mellow if it’s yellow – check.

Rain barrels

We have 4 rain barrels in the garden collecting rain water as I type plus potatoes in the ground that are being watered by mother Nature rather than me – yipee!

Saving cooking water

I have a great tip for saving water which I’ve shared a few times on the site before. It’s a real no brainer AND will benefit your health! Be sure to check it out.

Showers instead of baths

I’ve chickened out of military showers but I do plan to put a shower over the bath this summer so I can take showers instead of baths.


One other thing I do, which I picked up from another site; when I empty my hot water bottle I feed the water to the houseplants instead of tipping it down the sink – every little helps, right?

Right, I’m off to put out my seeds and houseplants for a rain shower. How are you saving water today?


  1. Tiffany @ No Ordinary Homestead on March 29, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I water plants inside the house and in our window boxes with water from our dog’s water bowl. She only drinks out of the bowl once, leaving a bunch of drool behind and the plants don’t seem to mind. Or if everything has been watered already, we use it to help flush the toilet since we always let it mellow 😉

  2. tartankiwi on April 2, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I’m loving all your tips! So simple to apply but offering great results!

  3. Mrs Green on April 4, 2011 at 7:55 am

    @Tiffany @ No Ordinary Homestead: Oh I LOVE the idea of using the dog water for the plants; so simple, but brilliant. Thanks for sharing!

    @tartankiwi: Glad you find them useful, although I guess over there you are absolutely on top of how to conserve water?

  4. Vincent on December 20, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    One huge loss of water in a home is the water that goes down the drain because it is the wrong temperature. Waiting for the water to get warm at the tap or shower head costs a family of 4 about 12,000 gallons of wasted H2o annually *as determined by GAMA (Gas Appliance Manufactures Association) – waiting for hot water to reach their faucet!

    One very effective way of saving cool water from going down the drain is to introduce a circulating pump into the water system. By installing a circulation system, the water from the ‘hot’ side of the system that has cooled, is sent to the ‘cold’ water line and goes back to the hot water tank for re-warming. This not only saves water, but the energy costs heating the water.

    The best circulation system on the market that I’ve seen is available at It is the only circulating pump that doesn’t need electricity to run. It can be installed anywhere in the water system, and save hundreds if not thousands of gallons of water, and as an added bonus will help prevent pipes from bursting due to water pipes freezing.

  5. Mrs Green on January 8, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    @Vincent: Hi Vincent, welcome to the site and thanks for leaving such an informative comment. That’s an astonishing amount of water for us to be wasting, isn’t it? Thanks for sharing the link, I’d never heard of a circulating pump for this purpose; sounds great!

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