Conserve Water At Home

Category: How-To Published: Saturday, 18 November 2017 Written by Super User

Tips and links for conserving water.

Aerated Faucets and Shower Heads
Inexpensive and simple to install, low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators can reduce your home water consumption as much as 50%, and reduce your energy cost of heating the water also by as much as 50%. They are readily available at retail and hardware stores.

Find out if you need one, and get information on models and installation intructions at www.eartheasy.com.

Displacing Water in your Toilet Tank
Save 1/2 gallon with each flush! Nonconserving toilets use 3.5 galloons or more per flush. By displacing some of the water, you could save thousands of gallons a year!

Idea: put plastic bottles bottles filled with water, or some similar water displacer in your toilet tank (no bricks please, they leave grit). Be sure the bottles do not interfere with the operating parts.

Taking Shorter Showers
With water flowing up to five gallons per minute from a nonconserving showerhead, showers account for about 17% of water used indoors.

Ideas:

  • Use an egg timer to remind you when it''s time to get out of the shower.
  • Turn off the water while lathering and on again to rinse.
  • Don''t perform any extra rituals in the shower, such as shaving or brushing teeth. Stick to the essentials and do the rest at the sink, where water flow is less.

Check out www.h2ouse.org for more information.

Hand-washing Dishes - The Right Way
Washing dishes in a tub or sink filled with hot, sudsy water uses about five times less water than washing dishes under a running tap, and letting the dishes sit in the sudsy water will make them easier to clean.

Cleaning Your Sidewalks
Your garden hose can pour out 600 gallons or more in only a few hours! Using a broom to clean your sidewalks and driveway can greatly reduce water waste.

Xeriscaping - landscaping in ways that do not require supplemental irrigation - is the best way to beautiful gardens to a dry area like the Mid Columbia. Contact your local nursery or the Master Gardeners for help.

Installing Efficient Irrigation Systems
Appropriate planting and efficient irrigation systems can reduce irrigation water use by 50% to 70%, and overall water consumption by up to 25%.

Ideas:

  • Water early morning or late evening to reduce evaporation.
  • Find out how long you need to water: put a tuna can out in the yard where you’re watering - when the can is full, you’ve watered enough.
  • Position your sprinklers so that you water only your turf and landscape. A simple adjustment can keep water from running onto sidewalks, streets and driveways.
  • Use drip irrigation for trees, shrub beds and areas of groundcover to eliminate evaporation losses.

More ways to conserve water: www.wateruseitwisely.com

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