Living in Texas means being exposed to very warm temperatures. Texans know plenty about making the most of the precious resource, water. Water is not only vital to lives, but also our ecosystem, which means that as Texans, we must do our part to conserve it. By making the effort to conserve water, you’ll also find that you’re actually helping to lower your monthly water bill. With warm climates and droughts on the rise, conservation is as important as ever. Residential water can be conserved in a variety of ways, both indoor and outdoor.
Below are 10 ideas to help you conserve water indoors and outdoors and therefore reduce your water bill!
What is Indoor Water Conservation?
Indoor water use usually comes from things that we do on a daily basis around our home. Taking a shower, washing clothes, flushing the toilet and watering indoor plants are just a few examples of the activities that require water usage on a day to day basis. Indoor water conservation is basically the effort to limit the water that we use around our household. Here’s some tip on how you can conserve and lower your water bill at the same time…
1. Less Time in the Shower
Reducing shower time can contribute to water conservation on a daily basis. The recommended amount of shower time is 5 minutes and that is estimated to reduce your water usage by half.
2. Check for leaks
Faucet and pipe leaks in your household are common but easy to fix. Leaks can waste up to 16 gallons of water per household every day.
3. Turn the Faucet Off!
A faucet actually uses 1-2 gallons of water per minute. So, as simple as it sounds, just turning off your faucet while brushing your teeth or doing the dishes can help you conserve water.
4. Get an Efficient Toliet
Yes, an efficient toilet can help you in your water conservation effort. More than 45% of water use in the average American home comes from the bathroom, with nearly 27% being used by toilets. HETs (High-Efficiency Toilets) use no more than 1.28 Gallons Per Flush and will save you money in the long run.
5. Washing Full Loads
It’s easy to get in the habit of running your dishwasher with only a few things inside. It’s even easier to decide to watch a load of clothes with only a few garments. Of the total household water use, the washing machine constitutes about 14 percent. However, if you wash full loads you’re actually saving water. Your dishwasher and washing machine actually use about the same amount of energy and water regardless of the amount of dishes and clothes inside. With full loads, you’ll wash less and save more.
What is Outdoor Water Conservation?
Outdoor water use usually comes from things that we do around the outside of our house. In the State of Texas the average homeowner over waters their yard by approximately 50%. This calculates to about 8,500 gallons per month. Activities ranging from lawn watering to an afternoon spent washing your car can add up. Here’re a few ways to conserve water in your very own backyard…
6. Moderate Watering
This one sounds simple enough – moderate the water you use outside. Easy enough, right? Well, when you’re constantly trying to keep your yard up – it’s not as easy as it sounds. Green grass in the yard is a goal that every homeowner dreams of, but it comes at a cost. That cost being major water usage and an increase in your water bill. In an effort to save water, instead of watering your lawn every day, consider watering every 2-3 days. Also, check to see if your grass actually needs water each day. You can determine this by just stepping on it for a few seconds.
7. Artificial Turf
In states such as Texas where temperatures run high, artificial lawns are becoming the yard of the future. With nearly 60% of water usage attributed to lawn and garden maintenance, it makes sense that more people are turning to artificial turf because it requires minimal water and upkeep. When you install artificial turf you’re cutting down on water, upkeep maintenance and cost and you could save as much as 56,000 gallons of water a year!
8. Salvage Rain Water
Another tip to help you reduce your water bill is to utilize rainwater. You can collect the rainwater and then use that to water plants and therefore reduce your water costs and usage.
9. Smarter Pool Upkeep
Pools and spas can contribute to up 15% of your household water use if not kept up properly. By not overfilling your pool and only draining your spas once every three to six months, you’ll be on the right track with your conservation efforts.
10. Rethink Your Landscape
Consider making certain areas of your yard less dependent on water in order to thrive. For example, you can use rocks, gravel, woodchips or other materials throughout your lawn that require no water at all.
Conserving and Reducing
Texans take pride in their landscape and in their homes and there’s not greater time than the present to join the masses when it comes to water conservation efforts. The best part is, water conservation is the not only a good thing for you in terms of conserving resources and helping your environment, it can also help to lower your water bill.