10.7.2011 Simple Tips to Save Water at Home

By: Trey Friedrichs Email
By: Trey Friedrichs Email

There are many simple ways to conserve water at home. Most homes use a large amount of water in each of four areas, the bathrooms, the kitchen, the laundry room and outdoor use.

Tips for the bathroom:
· Replace showerheads with a more efficient model. This can save up to six gallons of water per minute.
· Place a plastic bag or bottle filled with water in your toilet tank to reduce the amount of water per fill.
· If you have a leak, fix it! Replace worn washers and valves on sinks and pipes. A leaking faucet can waste more than 3,820 gallons of water a year.
· Take showers instead of baths.
· Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or shaving. (Fill the sink with hot water instead of running it continuously.)

Tips for the kitchen:
· Never run the dishwasher without a full load.
· Don't leave the water running while doing dishes; fill the sink with soapy water.
· Install faucet aerators, they cut the water use in half from the sink.
· It also saves water to steam your vegetables instead of boiling them in a full pot of water.

Tips for the laundry room:
· Wash only full loads and check to see if you have a high efficiency washer. Some of these washers use up to 40% less water and energy than a conventional washer.
· If possible, use a short wash cycle.

Tips for outdoor use:
· Do not over-water your lawn. Set sprinklers for times when it is the coolest to avoid evaporation.
· Cover pools and spas to help against evaporation in the summer.
· Choose your plants wisely! You live in Texas; don't expect your palm tree to do well in the 105-degree heat with no rain. Buy plants that are native and can take the heat waves.
· Don't cut your lawn too short. Longer grass absorbs water better than short grass.
· Use lots of mulch in your flowerbeds and around trees to help hold in moisture.
· If you wash your car at home, use a bucket of soapy water and a nozzle on the hose that you can turn on and off.

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