Creating Good Conservation Habits

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    When TEOTWAWKI occurs, conservation will be part of our new way of life. What better way to adapt to a need for conservation than to live it every day of your life? Why wait until your back is against a wall to begin the practice of saving instead of wasting?

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    Creating good habits now will aid you in surviving when the tides of change are upon us. If your norm is a long, hot shower and you use your toilet as a trash bin for items that need not be flushed, a rude awakening is likely coming your way. On the flipside, however, if you take reasonably timed showers and flush only that which is necessary, you are already on your way to a conservative life style that will benefit you in the long run when there is no water to waste. They say old habits die hard, so create some old habits that will be beneficial to your future, especially when it comes to saving water.

    Here are some ways to start saving water:

    1. When doing laundry, wait until you have a full load. Washing smaller
    loads more frequently uses more water, and the permanent press cycle
    uses the most water of all.

    2. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or shaving in the sink. You do not need that constant flow of water and to let it run is a wasteful habit that not only uses 3 or more gallons of precious water per minute but will also eat away at your water bill.

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    3. Replace worn out washers to fix leaks and to take it even further, install low flow aerators. They are cheap and can reduce water flow to one gallon per minute. If you don't visually see leaks, turn off all the water sources in your home and check you water meter. Don't run anything for an hour or so then check the meter again. If the numbers have changed, a leak is present even if it is not a visible one.

    4. Rather than run water from the tap for a few minutes waiting for it to get cold, keep a pitcher of water in the fridge for drinking or use ice to chill your drinks.

    5. Shorten up that shower. Shave, soap, and shampoo with the water off, turning it back on when the time comes to rinse.

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    6. If you have an older toilet, conserve water spent by your toilet by adding a plastic bottle full of water to the tank. This will cause displacement, keeping your toilet from cycling through more water than is needed with every flush. Toilets built since 1994 are conservation friendly and don't need this as they already use a greatly reduced amount of water.

    7. When it comes time to clean vegetables for cooking, use a bowl filled with water rather than a continuous flow. Then, once you are done cutting them up, take your vegetable scraps outside and throw them on the compost pile rather than in the garbage disposal which takes water to run.

    There are many more ways than just these seven to save water in and around your home. The goal in applying water conservation techniques is to get used to them and make them habit so it will be less of a challenge for you to embrace them when the time comes. Every drip, every drop-they all add up, so save as many as you can now and it will become second nature for when the SHTF and those drips and drops count just that much more towards your survival.

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