Who are we kidding? We're humans, and new habits are hard to form. I'm a believer in making changes that stick and not trying to do everything at once. So here are three simple things you can do to reduce your water consumption by over 2,000 gallons of water each month - that's enough water to fill a swimming pool in a year!
#1 Shower in 5 Min or Less
Keep your shower under 5 minutes. The average shower time is 8 minutes. Cutting your shower time by 3 minutes saves 7.5 gallons of water for every shower you take (1.5 gallons/minute). For those of you who shower every day like me, this saves you 225 gallons of water every month!
#2 Only Run Full Laundry Loads
Even Energy Star washers use 14 gallons of water for every load you run. The average American does between 2-4 loads a week and the majority of loads are just over half full (65%). Running full loads of laundry means you could do at least one less load of laundry each week. Doing this reduces water consumption in an average household by 56 gallons every month. Doing this reduces water consumption in an average household by 56 gallons every month.
#3 Eat Less Beef
Skip the beef an extra time each month. I know this isn’t what you want to hear. And I’m with you; I love a good steak, street tacos, or the classic spaghetti and meatballs. But alarmingly, Cattle-fed crops account for a vast amount of water consumption; 23%. It takes an average of 1,800 gallons of water to produce 1 lb. of beef. I fact-checked this, and this is no myth. There are two key reasons it takes so much water to produce beef: (1) It takes a lot of water to grow cattle-fed crops like alfalfa, hay, and corn. (2) Cows eat massive amounts of feed but are very inefficient in converting that feed into meat. (More feed = more water).
There are other tips to save water like being mindful of your faucet, but these are easy to implement and significantly cut down your water consumption, leaving more water in our rivers.