As a homeowner, your water usage is likely top of mind. Whether you live in an area that requires you to conserve water or you are simply trying to reduce your monthly water bill, there are several ways you can reduce your overall water usage. In honor of national smart irrigation month, here are some tips to help you conserve water.
Invest in Smart Technology
Consider installing smart technology to help you save water. Here are some recommendations:
- Installing a smart irrigation/sprinkler system is one big way to help you monitor and conserve your home's water usage. These systems typically have mobile apps and allow you to control watering days, times and duration, and can be set up to automatically adjust based on rainfall, ground moisture, etc. An irrigation system typically involves underground piping and watering zones for different areas of your landscaping.
- Low-flow faucets, toilets, and showerheads reduce the amount of water that is dispensed. Look for products with the WaterSense label to be certain you are getting a product that meets the EPA’s water efficiency standards.
- Eco-friendly appliances like a dishwater or washing machine can also help you decrease the amount of water being used to rinse dishes or wash clothes. Look for appliances with the ENERGY STAR symbol, and try to only run them for full loads to maximize water and energy efficiency.
Prevent Water Leaks
According to the EPA, the average household wastes nearly 10,000 gallons of water every year due to leaks. Here is how you can check for leaks:
- The EPA recommends fixing worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves to help prevent up to 90 gallons of water from being wasted per day. Not only do these efforts help the environment, but they can also help you save on your water bill.
- Be mindful of sink or showerhead drips. The EPA found that if a showerhead leaks at 10 drips per minute, it can waste more than 500 gallons of water per year. In addition to tightening the connection between the showerhead and the pipe stem, the EPA suggests using pipe tape to help control leaks.
- If you have a pool, remember to also check it for leaks. You can also use a pool cover to help prevent water from evaporating fast, causing you to fill it with more water.
Limit Your Water Usage
In addition to fixing your water leaks, try not to let your water run when completing everyday tasks such as brushing your teeth, showering, or washing your car. Consider doing this instead:
- Try to take showers versus baths and limit your time to help conserve water.
- Fill your sink with water and rinse dishes instead of one by one.
- Only use your garbage disposal when needed; try composting when possible.
- Turn water off when washing a car instead of leaving the water hose on between washing and rinsing.
- Don’t overwater your lawn. If you see puddles of water forming, turn off your sprinkler and let the standing water soak into the ground. Try to balance using your sprinkler against days when rain has not been as plentiful.
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