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A Few Simple Steps To Conserving Water And Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

Jul 2, 2008
Summer is here and there are a number of communities around the country that are asking their citizens to do whatever they are able to do in order to conserve water due to a low amount of rain. Droughts are not uncommon across the United States at least every few years and if you can, you should do what you can to conserve water not only during these times, but also year round. Here are a few tips that you can use to help you in this.

The sprinklers that you use to water your lawn should be set to be active for shorter periods of time than normal. What you want to do is allow your sprinkler to water the lawn for just a few minutes, stop for much longer, then water once again for the same period of time as earlier. You want to give the water that was sprayed on the lawn the first round a chance to penetrate into the ground before watering again. Something else you should do is turn your sprinklers off when you know it is going to rain or set the rain delay feature of your sprinkler system if it has one.

If you do not have a sprinkler system and water your lawn with a garden hose, you want to do this early in the morning. This is a good time for plants around your home to be fed and watered, since the water on the leaves later in the day during the summer will evaporate quickly and could burn the leaves.

Another good way to save water is to take a Phillips head screwdriver and try to push it down into a spot on your lawn a few inches. If it goes in easily, you do not need to water your lawn for at least a few more days. Watering your lawn correctly can save you lots of money every month.

Instead of using a water hose to clean off your patio or driveway, just use a broom.

You can also take showers instead of baths, since these will use a lot less water than a typical bath will. A 10 minute shower will not use as much water as a bathtub full of water. Plus, showers are better for you since they wash all the dirt and dead skin cells away from your body instead of allowing you to lay in them in a tub full of water.
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