Shorter Showers. Shower heads have improved over the years, but even modern shower heads use about two gallons of water per minute. If the song you’re singing into the detachable nozzle is a 5-minute power ballad, you’ve just wasted 10 gallons of water. Cutting down on your shower time can save a lot of water, so sing while drying.
Save the Cold Water for Other Uses. Another clever way to save water when showering or bathing is to capture the cold water coming out of the tap while you are waiting for the water to warm up. Don’t just throw that water down the drain. Keep a bucket on hand and catch it for use watering your indoor plants or filling your bird bath.
Cut Down on Laundry. Washing machines are also heavy water users. A good way to save water is to only wash full loads of laundry. You can also cut back on washing certain types of clothes. Jeans, for example, don’t need to be washed as often as socks. Hang them up to air out after you wear them, and see if you can go a little longer before you wash them again.Long-Term Tips
Xeriscaping. We all know that watering our lawns uses up a lot of water, and for a fairly unimportant purpose. This is why water usage restrictions target lawn watering first and foremost. Still, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a nice looking yard or pursue an interest in gardening and landscaping. Xeriscaping is a method of land management that emphasizes the use of plants that require little water. With a smart setup, you can have the greenest yard in the neighborhood, with beautiful plants, while everyone else is stuck with brown grass.
Check Your Plumbing. It’s easy for a home’s water system to develop issues over time, and these little problems can add up in a big way if they aren’t corrected. Even a slow drip from one faucet can add up to many gallons of water wasted over the long term. You don’t have to have a major plumbing overhaul to address this. A quick inspection by a plumbing professional and some minor repairs to your valves, joint seals, and faucets is all it takes.
Replace Old Appliances. Buying new appliances can be a bit of an investment, but a lot of that upfront cost is recouped over time as your water and electricity bills get reduced. An Energy Star washing machine, for example, can save over 3000 gallons of water a year. That’s 45% less water, with 25% less electricity used, saving you over $40 a year on bills. Appliances that are more than 10 years old may not offer the same level of water conservation as the most recent versions. Even if you aren’t looking for a major overhaul, a low-flow showerhead can reduce water use by 75%, while still providing a great and comfortable shower.Given the recent climate trends, my guess is that water conservation will have to become a way of life for all of us in California for the foreseeable future. This may lead to a little inconvenience, but it doesn’t have to cause major disruptions to our way of living when we take some reasonable steps in both the short-term and the long-term. If you need some help getting your plumbing sealed up, or you’re looking for advice on how you can save a little extra water, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.