Water Conservation for Kids
Our kids always learn in school that 70% of the Earth is covered by water. Even though less than 1% is available for human use, there are at least 36 states in our country that are projecting water shortages in 2013 according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Here are a few other facts from the EPA about water conservation that we can discuss with our kids:
- Every individual American uses an average of 100 gallons of water a day at home.
- We can all use 30 percent less water by installing water-efficient fixtures and appliances in our homes.
- The average household spends as much as $500 per year on their water and sewer bill and can save about $170 per year by installing water-efficient fixtures and appliances.
- Approximately 5 to 10 percent of American homes have water leaks that drip away 90 gallons a day or more!
Knowing this information, I thought I’d share five tips to teach your kids water conservation at home.
- Limit bath time. Typically you use much less water while taking a shower versus taking a bath. An average bath takes about 30-50 gallons of water, while a shower uses only 10-20 gallons.
- Teach your kids to keep the water off while brushing their teeth, only running the water when rinsing.
- Sure it’s fun to wash your car with the kiddos, but you can also use up to 150 gallons of water while doing it! Take a trip to the carwash together, where they only use about 50 gallons.
- Save water and keep your plants healthy by using left over ice cubes from your water glass to water your plants by simply placing 3-4 cubes into your flower pot. Use more ice cubes for larger pots.
- Run your washing machine and dishwasher only while they are full. By doing this, you can save up to 1,000 gallons of water per month!