Molly Dietz

Apr 06 2016

Sustainable Savings: Easy Water Conservation Tips


sustainable savings tips for financial literacy month
This is the first in a 5-part series on sustainable savings. Not only is April Financial Literacy Month, but we’re also reminded to protect the environment on April 22nd during Earth Day. In an effort to combine efforts of both financial literacy and environmental sustainability, I wanted to share tips on how to both save money and save the planet at the same time.

You can achieve a large impact by conserving water with small, simple changes. Not only will you realize money savings, but conserving water helps prevent water pollution in nearby lakes and rivers, in addition to extending the life of your septic system. Here are some water conservation tips you can start today.

  • Turn off the sink.
    Leaving the water flowing while brushing your teeth or washing your face is a bad habit, but one of the easiest to fix: turn the tap off! This helps to conserve water as well as lower water bills.
  • Rinse your razor in the sink.
    Plug a little water in the bottom of your sink and use it to rinse your razor instead of leaving the faucet running while you shave.
  • Install water-efficient shower heads.
    Low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators are inexpensive and simple to install. It’s a great way to save water and energy in your home!
  • Put plastic bottles or a float booster in your toilet tank.
    A brick or plastic water bottle with a few pebbles, rocks, or sand placed inside will decrease the amount of water used to fill the tank–saving water and money with every flush.
  • Do not use your toilet as a wastebasket.
    Throw away items like make-up remover pads, facial wipes, etc. instead of flushing them down the toilet. You’ll save gallons of water with each flush.
  • Check faucets and water pipes for leaks.
    Small leaks from faucets or pipes could lose gallons of water per day, as well as damage parts of your home if gone unnoticed. Make it a part of your spring cleaning plan to check faucets and pipes for costly leaks.
  • Save your dishwasher and laundry sets for full loads only.
    If you wait until the washing machine or dishwasher is full before running, you can save gallons of water per wash, not to mention savings on laundry detergent and dishwasher soap if you use detergent packets.
  • Wash your car with a water bucket.
    If you’re washing your car at home, use a bucket of soapy water instead of a running water hose.
  • Put mulch around trees and plants.
    Adding mulch will reduce water use, conserve moisture, prevent evaporation, as well as feed plants, insulate the roots, and reduce soil compaction.
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway or sidewalk.
    An outdoor hose uses a lot of water, especially if you’re using it on cement. Sweep your driveway, sidewalk, pathway, deck, and patio to save water and money. Plus it’s good exercise!
  • If you water your lawn, do it early in the day. Not when it’s windy. Most weeks, your lawn probably gets all the water it needs from free rain water. If you do need to water your lawn, do it early in the morning to prevent evaporation. Water evaporates much quicker in the hot sun or on windy days.

I know there are a lot of other ways you can save water at home. Let’s keep the water conservation conversation going by letting us know other ways you save water in the comments below!

Please visit our blog, HillsHelps.com, next Wednesday for part 2 of our 5-part series, “Sustainable Savings: Easy Resource Conservation Tips.”

View the complete 5-Part Sustainable Savings Series:

  • Part 1—Sustainable Savings: Easy Water Conservation Tips
  • Part 2—Sustainable Savings: Easy Resource Conservation Tips
  • Part 3—Sustainable Savings: Easy Energy Conservation Tips
  • Part 4—Sustainable Savings: How You Can Give Back on Earth Day
  • Part 5—Sustainable Savings: Save Money, Save the Planet
Molly Dietz

About Molly Dietz

Molly Dietz is a Personal Banking Officer at the Hills Bank location on Muscatine Avenue in Iowa City. She has been with Hills Bank since 2003 helping customers with their banking needs. Molly is an active member of the City High School Alumni Association and is an avid Hawkeye sports fan. Molly can be reached at molly_dietz@hillsbank.com.


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