California is in a drought and it is important to be “water wise” at home.
The Lawhead Team would like to share some helpful tips to conserve water at home, both inside and out.
- Kitchen: When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.
- Laundry Room: Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy, and helps your clothes retain their color.
- Bathroom: Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and save up to 4 gallons a minute. That’s up to 200 gallons a week for a family of four.
- Shower: Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month. If you keep your shower under 5 minutes, you’ll save up to 1,000 gallons per month.
- Indoors: Grab a wrench and fix that leaky faucet. It’s simple, inexpensive, and you can save 140 gallons of water a week.
- Landscaping: When sprucing up your front or backyard, consider xeriscaping. This landscape method uses low-water-use plants to limit your water use.
- Yard: Adjust your lawn mower to the height of 1.5 to 2 inches. Taller grass shades roots and holds soil moisture better than short grass.
- Sprinklers: Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk or street. Minimize evaporation by watering during the early morning hours when temperatures are cooler and winds are lighter.
- Children: Teach children to turn off faucets tightly after each use. One drip every second adds up to five gallons per day! Check your faucets and showerheads for leaks.
- Office: Create a goal of how much water your company can save and plan a celebration once that goal is met.
You can find 100 plus more ways to save water at the “Water Use It Wisely” website.