What are your water-saving tips?

Over the last few years we’ve made a few big changes in our water habits . . . but we haven’t seen these changes reflected in our water bill. What gives? Here are some of the things we’ve done:

We got a dishwasher. A dishwasher is supposed to use far less water than even the thriftiest hand washer. Or so they say.

We started using a drip irrigation system for our garden. It’s supposed to save water over a sprinkler or hose.

I love love love my automatic timer. It’s supposed to be better for the plants and save water, too.

We got an egg cooker. It counts for something, right?
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Rebecca’s Earth Day Sins, Confessed

I credit a long-ago Earth Day television special to introducing me to the fast-paced world of reusing and recycling.  Now I try hard to do what’s best for our environment, but I don’t always live up to my ideals.  Here are my top five eco-sins, confessed.

  1. I take long, hot showers.  I know, I know.  I should get a solar heater and bathe in harvested rainwater from our rooftop.  This is an especially heinous sin considering how often I’ve bragged about limiting my daughter’s bath time fun.
  2. I don’t always buy organic produce.  I’m cheap.  I’m trying to get over it.
  3. I don’t always buy local produce.  Buying local produce as a “green” action was something I hadn’t even considered until a couple years ago.  But even after educating myself a bit on the subject and reading Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, I’m still not a locavore.
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