10 May 2015

8 Simple, Effective Ways to Conserve Water at Home

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Ever think about how much water you use in a single day? On average, Americans consume 3.9 trillion gallons of water a month – that’s 100 gallons used per day, per individual. Not only can limiting your water usage at home help the environment and keep your city drought-free, it can save you hundreds of dollars each year.

So, the next time you take a shower, run the dishwasher, or water your plants, make sure to keep these water conservation tips in mind.

Conserving Water Inside the Home

      Switch out your showerhead.
      Who’s a fan of Seinfeld? There’s one particularly funny episode where Jerry and Kramer turn to the black market for showerheads, after their building superintendent installs low-flow models. Although older versions felt more like a water fountain, today’s low-flow showerheads are highly efficient without feeling like it. Replacing an old head with a new model can cut wasted water in half or even more.
      Upgrade out-of-date appliances.
      Major appliances like dishwashers, washing machines, and water heaters once were notorious water hogs. Today’s models are much more efficient. If it’s been awhile since you last shopped for one, go take a look. Crunch the numbers and you might realize that your investment will more than pay for itself over the lifetime of the appliance.
      Don’t just let the water run.
      When you’re brushing your teeth, make sure to turn off the water in-between uses. While you’re shaving, plug the sink and fill with water to rinse your razor, and take more baths instead of showers. Soak your pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean. And instead of flushing that tissue down the toilet, throw it away in the trash.
      Check for leaks.
      Leaky pipes and appliances can be a huge contributor to water waste and cause serious long-term damage to your home. Be sure to test for leaks at least once a year, so you can catch any water-wasting (and costly) issues.

    Using Water Wisely Outdoors

      Be conscious of your sprinkler.
      Irrigation is an essential part of landscaping, but it can be very wasteful if water is not utilized in a proper way. Regular inspection of sprinkler heads, hoses, and other components, along with routine maintenance, ensures a long-lasting and efficient system. Adjust sprinklers to avoid spraying paved surfaces, and consider installing rain sensors if not already equipped.
      Choose plants that don’t need a ton of watering.
      You can enjoy a nicely manicured property, and reduce the amount of water needed to maintain it, by planting drought-tolerant native species. Avoid exotic vegetation, and choose plants that aren’t very thirsty and already grow well in your geographic area.
      Take advantage of Mother Nature.
      Control the flow of storm water and reduce runoff by:
      • Directing gutters and downspouts toward lawns
      • Mulching and composting
      • Using porous pavement and gravel
      • Building rain barrels
      Adjust your lawn mower.
      Taller grass holds soil moisture better than shorter grass, so make sure your mower height is 1.5-2 inches. And not so fast when it comes to cleaning up the freshly cut clippings – lawn clippings cool the ground and keep it from needing watered as much.

    Regardless of your home water supply, conserving water isn’t very difficult, and can be accomplished without many, if any, big changes to your lifestyle. For more ways to conserve water, check out this awesome list from Water – Use It Wisely.

    Learn more about water usage, along with ways to increase your supply and improve your quality, by exploring the C&J Well Company website or contacting us today.