17 Ways to Save H20

Only one percent of all the world's water is drinkable. Do your part to cut down, so there's enough to go around.

Living Green

Why should we reduce the amount of water we use? Water is a limited resource, and with the worldwide population growing, we all need to get into the habit of conserving. Saving water also cuts back on energy use, and supports the health of wildlife in our local ecosystems. Bottom line: If you want to live greener, keep an eye on the tap.

Smart North Carolina

Homebuilders in North Carolina know a thing or two about water conservation. In recent years, droughts have hit the Southern states hard. Save Water North Carolina guides residents toward protecting their precious environment.

1) If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace your showerhead with a water-efficient model.

2) Cleaning out your fish tank? Give that nutrient-rich water to your houseplants.

3) Thaw food in the refrigerator—don't run it under water.

4) Have a new dishwasher? Cut back on sink rinsing—the newer models can handle a little mess on the plate.

5) Keep an ear for running faucets and running toilets. When you fix a leak, you can save hundreds of gallons a month.

6) Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they're full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.

7) Use a broom—instead of a hose—to clean driveways and sidewalks.

8) When shopping for a new washing machine, choose green appliances. We recommend ENERGY STAR® models.

9) Brush your teeth in the shower.

10) Park your car outside during a rainstorm for a natural washing.

11) Use bark mulch around in your flowerbeds and around trees. Mulch locks in moisture so you have to water less.

12) Only order water in a restaurant if you're going to drink it.

13) Use one water glass during the day, to cut back on washing and water waste.

14) Adjust your sprinklers so that you're watering the lawn—not the sidewalk.

15) Throw tissues, feminine hygiene products, and insects in the garbage—don't flush them down the toilet.

16) Store drinking water in the fridge, instead of running the tap until the water gets cool.

17) Make sure your garden hose has a nozzle. A running hose can waste over 100 gallons in mere minutes.

Ryan Homes Tip: Good habits begin early: Teach kids the importance of saving water. The U.S. EPA has a fun website that explains things well.