In 2021 California saw one of its driest years in over a century, reporting record low rainfall. To California natives or long-time residents, a drought is nothing new or surprising. Even so, taking steps in our daily life to conserve water can help on a larger scale. This blog will discuss some great ways to conserve water at home.
A great way to start conserving water is by updating fixtures around your house, from the kitchen to the bathroom. New appliances can help save gallons of water a year and lower your overall water bill. A dual flush toilet can help reduce the amount of water you use because it takes less water to flush liquids. Switching to appliances with an Energy Star rating, like your dishwasher or washing machine, can help save energy and water during their lifetimes.
A beautiful garden can do a lot to spruce up your home’s front or back yard. A great way to save water is by planting trees, bushes, and flowers that can withstand drought and require little water to survive. A lot of native California plants fit this bill! Trees like The California Fan Palm or flowers like the beautiful Apricot Mallow can add a lot of curb appeal to your home without a lot of maintenance, water, or money.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in the United States, the average household wastes nearly 10,000 gallons of water a year due to leaks in the home. They estimate that it can add up to 90 gallons or more a day. That’s why it’s important to regularly check and maintain your home’s faucets, valves, and other water sources. By fixing leaks in your home, you will not only save gallons of water but will decrease your monthly water bill.
Time Your Showers
Showers are an important part of every hygiene routine, but it’s also easy to spend way too much time showering. By setting a five to ten-minute timer, you can ensure that you’ve had just enough time in the shower without overdoing it. Not only is this great for the environment, but it’s also great for your skin! It’s important to give your skin water, but sometimes too much isn’t a good thing.
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