Water is a very special form of liquid for living organisms, including us humans. Without water, life will never be possible in the first place. A man could live without food for five days but a man cannot live without water for three days only.

For that reason, it is very important to save as much water as possible. Although 66% of the earth is composed of water, most of them are not fit for drinking. Everyone has to save as much as possible to preserve not only the current way of life but also for the future.

The following are 10 small, but useful tips on how you can save water at home:

1. Reconsider the “extra rinse stage” in laundry – rinsing is important in your laundry but it’s a general rule. Before you go into this stage examine your laundry if they have been rinsed enough. You’ll save no less than eight gallons of water if you avoid this stage.

2. Smart dishwashing – using the running water while washing dishes is wasteful. Fill the dishwasher halfway instead so that you can use the water again and again to clean the dishes. You’ll save up to 10 gallons of water.

3. Proper toothbrush practices – one of the basic practices of water saving is to switch off the water faucet while brushing your teeth. If everyone in a five person household will do this in one day, no less than four gallons could be saved.

4. Avoiding clogs in toilets – clogs in toilets only mean one thing: more water will be required. Avoid all necessary possibilities that will lead to trash being thrown on toilets. Aside from additional water that will be used, the expenses as well as potential inconvenience of having a clogged up toilet should be expected.

5. Storing water in a bottle – running tap water directly from a faucet is wasteful. Instead of having running water, store them in a bottle and place them in a fridge. Not only will you save water, you’ll also have access to cold drinking water. It’s just matter of being patient in storing water in the fridge.

6. Shower instead of bath – limit your use of bath tubs as a single bath could take more than 30 gallons of water. Showering will require less water even if you take your time. 30 gallons of water saved everyday could even help you cut expenses on water bill.

7. Smart use of water meters – do this experiment: stop all running waters in your house for at least 30 minutes and take a look at your water meter. If it is still running, there is a leak which could cost you and you waste precious resources.

8. Efficient shower heads – replace your shower heads with more efficient water heads. It will cost a little bit more but it will help you save water. You will not experience any difference in the flow of water. The shower head will just be more efficient in controlling water.

9. Using defrost in microwaves instead of water – using water to defrost is very wasteful since it will take a long time to fully defrost food with water. Microwave has a defrost function which will not require any water and it could defrost faster.

10. Train your kids and everyone at home – if you’re the only one saving water in your household, it will not provide any real difference at all since someone else at home will be wasteful of water. Train your kids and everyone else at home by showing them the effects of water in our body and in our lives.