Jill shares easy ways to save water around your house. (Courtesy: Brighter Living)



We typically spend more time indoors during the winter and, because of that, we need to be even more aware of the amount of water we use.  So here’s some simple steps we can all take to keep tabs on the taps.  Longer, hotter showers are tempting, but you're better off limiting your shower times and installing a low-flow shower head.  They’re inexpensive, easy to install, and can save your family more than 500 gallons a week.  An easy way to check?  If your shower fills a gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace it with a water-efficient shower head.  If you wash dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing.  Fill one sink for washing water and the other to rinse.  And don't overwork your garbage disposal.  Throw organic trimmings and peelings from fruits and vegetables into your compost bin.  Look and listen for dripping faucets and running toilets.  Fixing a leak can save 500 gallons each month.  And teach your family to turn off faucets good and tight to avoid wasting water.  Another handy saving tip, designate one glass for drinking water each day.  Or, better yet, get a reusable metal water bottle.


BRIGHTER LIVING: Conserving water indoors
Brighter Living with Jill Cordes: Save water around the house with very little effort.