Water Conservation Tips

shutterstock_166082693When you live in an area that regularly sees droughts, learning how to conserve water prevents you from getting fined or penalized for not complying with conservation regulations. If you need to learn how to conserve water, check out these tips.

Turn the Water Off When You Aren’t Using It

The amount of water that is wasted when you are brushing your teeth once isn’t much, but over time, these little bits of wasted water can add up fast, so turn the water off when you aren’t using it. Instead of letting the water run the entire time you are brushing your teeth, turn it off after you wet your toothbrush. Another good time to turn the water off is when you are conditioning your hair in the shower. You usually have to wait about two minutes, so turn the water off during that time.

Use Your Dishwasher and Clothes Washer Wisely

The dishwasher and clothes washer can waste a lot of water, especially if you aren’t using them wisely. First, always ensure you have a full load before you start either machine. Some clothes washers allow you to adjust the amount of water for partial loads. If you have older appliances, consider upgrading. Newer, Energy Star washers use less water, and a newer, better dishwasher may eliminate the need to prewash your dishes.

Plant Drought-Resistant Plants

The yard can waste a lot of water, especially if you have a big lawn and a lot of plants that require water. If you live in an area that regularly experiences droughts, it may be better to plant drought-resistant plants, reduce or eliminate your lawn, and focus on xeriscaping, which uses landscaping features that don’t require much water. Of course, always check with your HOA before drastically changing your yard to ensure you remain compliant.

Only Use as Much Water as Necessary

If you do need to water your yard, only use as much water as it needs at that time. It may be tempting to overwater on watering days, but that only wastes water and hurts your plants. Your plants can’t take that excess water and save it for days when you don’t water, so it’s just going to waste. Always use the right amount when watering.

Water conservation is extremely important if your neighborhood is in a hot climate. Luckily, there are many things you can do to help reduce the amount of water you use on a regular basis.

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