I sometimes like watching commercials. Weird, right? That, evidently, is the former marketer in me. And what better time to watch commercials than during the Super Bowl? This year, there was one commercial from Colgate that stuck with me. It was about water. The commercial simply asked that we turn off the water while brushing our teeth.
I've thought about this commercial a lot since the Super Bowl. Colgate could have gone through a litany in 30 seconds on how many different ways we can save water. But they did it right. They focused on one topic that is very easy for every one of us to do – and it just so happened to relate to their product.
At Valley® Irrigation, we obviously are very focused on saving water. But many of us don't have farms to install center pivots on to do such a thing, so I am going to echo Colgate by picking some simple things we can do that can add up and make a big difference.
1. Turn Off Water While Brushing Your Teeth.
As Colgate said, turn off the water when you're brushing your teeth. What can be easier than this? Teach your kids to do the same thing.
If you already have that mastered, here's some other ideas you could try to implement.
2. Don't Run Water When Hand-washing Dishes.
Fill the sink with soapy water to wash your dishes instead of washing them under running water. As much as I would love to rely on my dishwasher 100% of the time, I still do need to hand-wash dishes from time to time.
3. Shut Off Your Sprinkler System When It's Raining.
Shut your automatic sprinklers off when it's raining. It drives me absolutely crazy when I'm driving down the road while it is raining and somebody's (or some company's) sprinklers are running.
4. Turn Off Water When Shampooing Hair.
Turn off the water while shampooing your hair. While probably not an extremely common thing to do, this could save up to 150 gallons of water each month. This might be a little harder to stomach in the winter than the summer – at least where I live!
5. Only Run Washing Machine/Dishwasher When Full.
Don't run your washing machine or dishwasher unless they are full. This could save up to 1,000 gallons per month. If you do need to run your washing machine before you have a full load, set your washer for the appropriate sized load.
If you have already accomplished all of these – awesome work! Here are 100+ more ideas if you are looking for the next water saving idea to conquer!