You don’t need to live in a place that suffers worse droughts and El Niño to conserve water. Water is a necessity that everyone pays for. In fact, an average-sized family uses up to 400 gallons of water every day. The price for it changes depending on the state and country you live in, but that doesn’t mean you should overlook water consumption at home. Like power, its price will increase and we have to conserve it. Here’s how you can do it:
1. Strategically schedule watering of your plants
Homeowners who maintain gardens and landscapes can conserve water by scheduling your water times. It should be seldom but thoroughly done. You can water your garden in between 10pm and 6am using short water bursts. The evaporation rate at this time is lower than in the afternoon. You’re sure that water soaks into the ground and seeps deeply into the plant’s roots.
2. Always check your sprinkler heads
If you find broken or clogged sprinkler heads in your lawn, fix it immediately. This job is not that complex. In fact, you can finish it in less than a day! Ensure that all your sprinklers direct water to the plants—not on the concrete driveway or sidewalks.
3. Fix all leaking plumbing fixtures
Don’t let pesky leaks from the toilet, faucets, or showerheads increase your water bills. If you spot these minor leaks, fix
it ASAP. A leaky toilet wastes about 200 gallons of clean water per day. I know what you think—
it’s a huge waste of resources!
If your budget permits, upgrade to highly efficient models. Install aerators because it can cut the amount of water you use without decreasing the pressure.
4. Use water-saving appliances
The appliances that use most water is the washing machine, dishwasher, shower, and toilet. If you buy and install water-efficient versions of these at home, you can save a lot of water and money in the long run. You’re also contributing to your community’s effort to conserve water.
5. Plant low-water greens in your garden
Swap your green lawn with drought-tolerant grasses in your landscape. Check out ornamental grasses such as Blue Oatgrass, Blue Fescue, Purple Fountaingrass, Little Bluestem, or Pampas Grass. You may also plant perennial flowers or succulents. Fake grass also looks nice but it may overheat and burn your kid’s or pet’s feet. It’s still best to mix natural plants in your landscape.
Every family should make and effort to conserve water indoors and outdoors. The home is the best place to hone this culture. When children and adults live with this rule, they’ll most likely bring it wherever they go—to school, office, and other commercial establishments. The small ripples of water conservation at home can soon create a bigger, more widespread movement of taking care of the environment.
This post comes from Charlene Ara Gonzales, a design writer in Superdraft’s team of Australian architects and draftsman. They are the leading architecture firm for both residential and commercial construction in Australia. Follow them on Facebook and LinkedIn