Tips for improving residential water efficiency
Water Conservation inside Your Home
- Install a low flow shower-head. If you have an older showerhead, take a trip to your hardware store. There are a lot of showerheads that will give you all the pressure you want while saving water.
- Running toilets are eating your money. If your toilet is always running, open up the back and lower the float. If the rubber gasket is leaking, replace it. A running toilet will run away with your paycheck.
- Your toilet isn’t a garbage can. If you have things to throw away, use your garbage can. Your garage can doesn’t use water.
- A smart shaver is a smart saver. If you are shaving with the water running, you are sending your money down the drain. When you shave, use your sink. Fill it up and clean the blades by swishing your razor around in the water.
- Fill it full. If you are in the habit of using your dishwasher or clothes washer to clean half-filled loads, you are not being wise with your spending cash. Full loads means your equipment will be running at a higher efficiency and using less water to clean.
Water Conservation out in Your Yard
- Rain and sprinklers don’t mix. There is nothing that makes a water conservationist angrier than seeing sprinklers on during a rain storm. If there is a rain storm, turn your sprinklers off. Your yard uses more water than anything else in your home. If Mother Nature wants a turn with watering, thank her, turn off your sprinklers and save money.
- It is all about timing. If you are watering your lawn in the heat of the day, most of that water is evaporating and not getting to your grass. Change your water time to the early morning or night when it is cool. That way all of your water will be used on your yard.
- Don’t forget to aim. Check your sprinklers every once in a while to make sure you aren’t watering the road, or your neighbor’s grass. Aim your sprinklers to maximize the watering.
- Mulch, mulch, mulch. Set your lawn mower to a higher level and mulch it. Taller grass uses less water and all that mulch will help keep the soil wetter. Besides, it will take less time to mow your lawn and that will save you time and money.
With a few lifestyle changes, you can save water. Additional water will protect wildlife and the food we depend upon. It will also save you money and that is important.