The Best Ways to Save Water

Saving water does not mean giving up indoor plumbing or even warm baths.

Dripping Faucets and Leaky Pipes

There are many practical ways to save water without giving up daily comforts, and many will save money in the process.

Dripping faucets can be costly not only for the environment but also for the water bill. If a faucet drips once every three seconds over the course of a year, 900 gallons of water will be wasted. To check for leaky pipes, read the water meter and then do not use any water for a few hours. If the meter has increased, there is a leak somewhere. A simple way to check a toilet for leaks is to add drops of food coloring to the tank. If the color appears in the bowl within 30 minutes, there is a leak somewhere.

Use Less Water

Instead of running the tap while waiting for water to cool off so someone can have a drink, fill a water bottle and put it in the refrigerator so it is cold when a drink is desired. Take shorter showers and install low-flow shower heads. Instead of waiting for the water to warm up when taking a bath, add hotter water later to compensate for the initial cool water.

Outdoor Savings

Don't water the lawn too frequently. During the summer, grass usually only needs water once every 5 to 7 days. When watering is needed, time it for the early morning when temperatures are low so the water gets to the grass rather than evaporating. Also, make sure the sprinklers are watering the grass and not the pavement and use sprinklers that are efficient.

About the Author

Mark Kennan is a writer based in the Kansas City area, specializing in personal finance and business topics. He has been writing since 2009 and has been published by "Quicken," "TurboTax," and "The Motley Fool."