This Summer, Keep These Water Conservation Tips In Mind…

water conservationAs enjoyable as life in the Greater Los Angeles area can be, there are a few drawbacks, one of which is the relatively frequent water shortages. By learning how to save water in a drought, you can keep your water bills low and protect a valuable natural resource during these times.

Take short showers – Showering accounts for nearly 17 percent of the average home’s water use, so it’s a good place to start cutting back. Limit your showers to five to 10 minutes and turn off the water as you lather up. If your showers don’t have WaterSense-qualified shower heads, consider investing in some.

Stop drips and leaksLeaky pipes and dripping faucets contribute to excess indoor humidity and waste water. A faucet that drips just five times per minute wastes around half a gallon of water every day.

Upgrade your toilet – The toilet is the biggest water-user in your house, and is responsible for around 30 percent of your water use. If you don’t have a WaterSense-qualified model, upgrade before the next drought hits.

Refrigerate your drinking water – Instead of running the tap every time you want a cold drink, keep a jug of water in the fridge.

Do dishes efficiently – An older dishwasher can use up to 15 gallons of water per load. You’ll use less washing by hand, especially if you fill one sink for washing and another for rising instead of turning the tap on and off. An Energy-Star qualified dishwasher manufactured after 1994 uses as little as 3 gallons of water per load, making it more efficient than washing by hand. Run the dishwasher only when you have a full load.

Capture rainwater – Using rainwater for your lawn and garden saves you from having to draw water from the tap. Invest in rain barrels and cisterns or, to get the most out of every rainfall, set up a rainwater harvesting system.

If you could use some help with water-saving repairs or upgrades, or with learning how to save water in a drought, a professional plumber can help.