There is never enough water to waste, so today we have some tips for reducing your water usage.
· Only run the dishwasher and washing machine with full loads.
· Fix leaks right away. While a leak of one drip per minute wastes about 34 gallons a year, a leak of one drip per second is almost 3000 gallons a year.
· Shorten your shower time. Each minute in the shower uses about 75 gallons per month.
· Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth.
· Install low flow faucets and shower heads.
Did you know that the California Urban Water Conservation Council administers a statewide rebate program Smart Rebates? This program provides incentives for replacing old clothes washers and toilets with efficient ones. Consult with Friedman’s Home Improvement’s friendly & skilled Expert Advisors on what water efficient clothes washer or toilet is best for you.
· Water the lawn only once or twice a week. Early in the morning or evening will reduce water evaporation.
· Install a smart sprinkler system. These devices are aware of weather conditions and adjust accordingly.
· Routinely check the sprinkler system for any leaks and broken sprinkler heads.
· Replace all or part of the lawn with water-wise alternatives. The University of California – Sonoma County Master Gardeners are an excellent resource as are Friedman’s Home Improvement’s friendly & skilled Expert Advisors.
· Wash the car less often. When you do wash it, use a bucket of soapy water instead of running the hose the entire time.
· Use a broom or leaf blower to clean the driveway instead of the hose.
With these tips in mind, examine your attitudes and habits towards water. What can you adjust in your life or household to preserve this vital resource?