Water conservation in the home helps maintain your septic system, and conserving water around the yard helps prevent pollution from stormwater runoff. Here are some ways to use water more efficiently around your home and property.
Kitchen and Bath
- Install high-efficiency showerheads. They’re inexpensive, easy to install, and can save you up to 750 gallons a month.
- Turn off faucets while shaving or brushing your teeth.
- Run the dishwasher only when full.
- Compost vegetable waste instead of using the garbage disposal.
- Don’t use running water to thaw food.
- Make sure all faucets are completely turned off when not in use.
- Install aerators in the faucets in your kitchen and bathroom.
- Replace old dishwashers, toilets, and washing machines with new, high-efficiency models. (Did you know that upgrading from a 3.5 gpf (gallons per flush) toilet to a 1.6 gpf model will reduce your person’s annual water use from 27,300 gallons to 12,500 gallons? New washing machines with the Energy Star label use only 18 – 25 gallons of water per load (compared with 40 gallons per load for the typical machine) and save about 7,000 gallons of water a year.
Yard and Lawn
- Install covers on pools and spas and check for leaks around pumps.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks.
- Patios provide space that doesn’t ever need to be watered. These useful outdoor rooms can also add value to your property.
- Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
- Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
- Install a rain sensor on your irrigation controller so your system won’t run when it’s raining.
- Choose shrubs and groundcovers instead of turf for hard-to water areas, such as steep slopes and isolated strips.
- Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants retains moisture and saves water, time and money.
- Use drip irrigation for shrubs and trees to apply water directly to the roots where it’s needed.
- Install a rain barrel to collect runoff from your roof and to use for watering your garden. Click here to go to our Rain Barrels page.
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