Now, more than ever, water conservation is critical. Not only can it help the environment, it can also save money for the homeowner or property manager and can improve the health of the yard. Water conservation is something that every household and business owner can contribute to.
Here are some tips to help your household conserve water through the hot summer months.
Indoor water conservation
Turn off the tap when brushing. Leaving the water running while you brush wastes up to four gallons of water each time. Same goes for hand-washing, which is on everyone’s minds these days.
Shorten showers. Shortening your shower time by a minute will still get you clean, and save up to 150 gallons of water every month. Keep a bucket in the shower to collect some of the cold water that comes first. You can use it to water your plants indoors or outdoors.
Keep drinking water in the fridge. Instead of running the faucet until the water is cool enough to drink, keep a bottle or a pitcher in the fridge. This means not only water conservation, but colder drinking water.
Fix leaky faucets and toilets. A slow drip from a single bathroom or kitchen faucet can waste several gallons of water every day. Replace worn washers, or replace the whole unit with a washerless faucet with a lifetime guarantee.
Plant native flowers and grasses. Plants that are native to your area and that are adapted to our hot, dry climate, and need far less water than most turf grasses.
Don’t over-water. Most lawns need 1 to 1.5 inches of water every day, which takes 20 to 30 minutes of sprinkling. Overwatering can actually be harmful to the lawn, putting it at risk of fungus and disease. Excess water will run off onto the driveway or street, a complete waste. To measure an inch of water, put an empty, clean tuna can on the grass when you begin to water, and turn off the sprinkler when the can is full.
Choose a smarter watering system. Smart Rain offers both hardware and software that changes the game when it comes to watering large patches of lawn. Our smart water systems work with our Smart Rain SmartApp™ to inform you about water flow, moisture levels and more.
Water conservation does not need to be complicated. With a few simple steps that will save the homeowner money on monthly water bills, everyone can achieve water conservation. Get in touch with SmartRain today to learn more.