By Jesse McCarl
Much of the U.S. is currently in some sort of water stress, with many states (we’re looking at you, California!) in a severe drought. To keep with the good housekeeping vibe of our blog, here are some tips to conserve water at home. You can make a difference in water conservation by starting in your own backyard.
- Check Faucets and Pipes for Leaks
A small drip can waste 20 gallons of water per day.
- Install Faucet Aerators
These simple additions to your faucet use less water and give the impression of higher water pressure.
- Put Mulch Around Plants
This slows the evaporation of moisture in the yard.
- Don’t Use the Toilet as a Trash Can
Each flush with trash in it wastes about 5 gallons of water!
- Use Dish and Clothes Washers Only for Full Loads
Otherwise unnecessary water will be used.
- Insulate Water Pipes
Avoid wasting water while you wait for it to heat up.
- Displace Water in Toilet Tank
Place a weighted water bottle in the toilet tank. This causes the tank to use less water per flush. This simple measure will save gallons of water per day.
- Water Plants in the Morning
This is the ideal time to get the most out of your water.
- Wash Vehicle Only as Needed
…as opposed to on a schedule.
- Try Xeriscaping
This is basically a non-sensical word for landscaping with plants that need minimal water.
- Cook in as Little Water as Possible
This also helps retain nutrients in the food.
- Shorten Showers
Cutting two minutes off of each shower can save up to 150 gallons per month.
- Use Recirculating Pumps
These systems should be in place for any fountains, pools, ponds, etc.
- Check for Toilet Leaks
Put food coloring in the toilet tank. If it leaks into the bowl on its own, the entire system needs to be replaced. That toilet is probably wasting gallons of water per day.
- Aerate Your Lawn Periodically
This will allow moisture to reach the roots in your lawn faster.
- Sweep Patiods and Sidewalks
This is more efficient than power washing.
- Use Leftover Ice Cubes
Instead of just tossing them when you finish a beverage, place them on a potted plant.
- Use Garbage Disposal Sparingly
This requires water to run through and rinse.
- Leave Lawn Clippings on Grass
Loose clipings over the lawn will help the grass hold in moisture.
- Know How to Turn Off Automatic Water Systems
This knowledge will be imperative when it rains naturally or when the system malfunctions.
- Group Your Plants with Similar Watering Needs
This will make the watering and lawn maintenance process much more effecient.
- Use a Hose Nozzle
Whether you’re watering plants or washing your car, a hose nozzle can save up to 100 gallons per use.
- Rinse Foods
Wash fruits and vegetables in a bowl full of water rather than washing them under a running faucet.
- Scrape Dishes
…rather than rinse them.