Make Conserving Water in Your Community a Goal This Year
Saving water is always a good idea. It helps conserve a natural resource, and it allows you to save money on your water bill. So make water conservation a goal for your community association this year. Check out these 20 tips on how your HOA can save water.
#1 Don’t let the water run if you wash dishes by hand.
#2 Purchase an Energy Star dishwasher, which uses less water and may not require pre-rinsing.
#3 To save 150 gallons a month, shorten your shower by one minute. To save 1,000 gallons a month, keep your shower under 5 minutes.
#4 When brushing your teeth, don’t let the water run. This saves about 4 gallons a minute.
#5 If you have an old toilet, upgrade to a newer model, which can reduce the amount of water used.
#6 Get a toilet that has two flushing options: one that uses less water for liquid waste, and one that uses more water for solid waste.
#7 When you lather your hands during washing, turn off the water.
#8 Avoid taking baths. They use about 70 gallons of water.
#9 Check all the faucets in your house, and have any leaks repaired.
#10 If you are waiting for the water to get hot, don’t let the unused water go down the drain. Collect it for houseplants.
#11 Only use your washer and dishwasher when they are completely full. This may save you 1,000 gallons of water in just one month.
#12 In your yard, plant some plants that don’t require much water.
#13 Direct the water that lands in your gutters and downspouts toward plants and trees.
#14 If you want an irrigation system, make sure to have it installed by a professional, so you know it is effective and not wasting water.
#15 Only water your lawn between ¾ and 1 inch each time you water.
#16 Limit how often you use the hose, which expels about 10 gallons a minute.
#17 Water your lawn in the early morning, so less water evaporates, and don’t water your lawn on windy days.
#18 Keep your plants properly pruned, so they use water better.
#19 Use Mulch to help prevent water from evaporating, keep about 2 to 4 inches around plants.
#20 When cleaning your driveway, patio or sidewalk, use a broom instead of a hose.
Saving water isn’t about making one major change. It’s about making a lot of little changes and keeping on top of them. These 20 tips are sure to help your community conserve more water.
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