Water is on everyone’s mind, across the globe, and in every household. Taking steps toward conserving water and making sure your home’s water usage is faultless not only ensures your home’s prosperity but also benefits the greater good.
In Home Conservation:
- Check faucets for leaks. A small leak from a faucet or pipe can waste up to 20 gallons of water PER DAY. Imagine how much water is wasted from a larger leak.
- A Toilet is not a garbage. So, do not use it as one. Throwing little bits of garbage in your toilet is not advisable, especially when you flush each time. It is a huge waste of water and not good for any kind of sewage system.
- Check your water meter. Set aside a 2-hour block of time when you will not use any water in your home. Check the meter before this time slot and after. If the number is not exactly the same, there is a leak somewhere in your home.
- Use water-saving technology. There are a lot of products out there to help make your home more water-conservation conscious, and they are very user friendly. There are many options for water-saving low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators that save gallons of water every day.
- Insulate water pipes. This is super easy to do, very inexpensive, and the benefits are insurmountable. You can purchase pre-slit foam pipe insulation to wrap around your water pipes which will give you hot water faster so you do not waste water while waiting for it to heat up.
- Water so it counts. If you absolutely feel it is necessary to water your lawn, make it count. A light sprinkling of water will evaporate quickly and won’t benefit your lawn much. Instead, water it thoroughly so the moisture can soak down deep and really benefit your lawn, then you will not have to do it so often. Place a tuna can or another shallow container on your lawn when watering. Once it fills up, your lawn is thoroughly watered.
- Drought-resistant lawns. You can plant drought-resistant grasses and shrubs that require little to no superfluous watering. If you do plan on planting foliage that requires more maintenance, place plants that require similar care together to make watering more efficient.
- Mulch it up. Spreading mulch around the base of trees, bushes, and plants with slow evaporation of moisture, prevent weed growth, and keep your plants happy.
- Don’t water the pavement. When setting out sprinklers to water your lawn and plants, make sure it’s only hitting what you want watered and nothing else. Also, avoid watering on windy days.
- Sweep don’t drench. Use a broom to clean your driveway and sidewalks, not a hose.