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5 Easy Steps For Home Water Conservation

Sep 5, 2008
Now, more than ever, the need to conserve water is at its most important. We are experiencing more frequent water shortages, and limits in some towns are actually being enforced to help reduce water usage. The planet is getting warmer and is causing climate changes, thus resulting in hotter, drier summers and winters with less rain. Our population is increasing by the second, making the water crisis that much more difficult to deal with. In an effort to conserve water, every little bit helps and our efforts can make a difference. Here are five ways to conserve water in your home:

1. Water your lawn during the early morning hour. Watering between the hours of 4 and 8 a.m. is optimum because there is less wind and the sun is not as hot, which decreases water evaporation. Be sure to water thoroughly, at about 1 to 2 inches, throughout your lawn to promote good root growth and to reduce the amount of watering per week. Watering your lawn at night was initially a good idea, but it is found that it promotes insect activity and growth of fungal bacteria.

2. Do not use water to clean your driveway and sidewalk of any waste and debris. Doing so is extremely wasteful. Use a broom instead and sweep up all of that dirt and dispose of it properly in a grass and trimmings garbage bin.

3. Take shorter showers. If you are taking 30-minute showers, then you can be using up to 75 gallons if you are using one of the newer low flow showerheads. If, however, you are using an older showerhead, that 30-minute shower uses up to 120 gallons! Start cutting back 5 minutes off of your shower time every few days until you are able to get in and out in just 5 to 10 minutes. Your monthly water bill will cost less, and you can use that extra time on more important things, such as sleep!

4. Use your dishwasher only when you can operate it on a full load. To prevent having to put the dishes through another cycle because of food that did not come off the first time, soak your dishes in water and use a light brush to loosen up the food debris first.

5. Check for leaks regularly in your home. That tiny leak in your basement can turn into a huge disaster if left unfixed. It is not uncommon to hear of a pipe completely rupturing and causing a huge flood.
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