It’s no secret that California is in the midst of a drought. Help conserve water, save money, and lower pollution with these two tips:

Harvest Rainwater:

Rainwater harvested during the rainy season can be used during the dry season for toilet water, watering plants, showering, and even as short term drinking water. Some areas also offer rebate programs for rainwater harvesting.

Harvesting rainwater is simply collecting water from the surface on which it falls. You can easily collect water from the roof via the gutter and drain it into a container. Avoid large debris from your roof with a screen at the top of the drain. If you want to drink it or use it to shower make sure to filter the water.

All the materials needed can be gathered from Friedman’s Home Improvement.

Heat water faster:

How often do you let the water run before a shower to warm up the water? This wasteful habit can waste up to 14,000 gallons of water per 4 person family. It also waste the energy used to heat up any hot water that goes down the drain while you wait.

To avoid this you can use The Chilipepper Hot Water Demand System Pump. The Chilipepper is a small powerful pump that pushes the water flow from the water heater to the Chilipepper in a loop. Since it’s a closed circuit no water is going down the drain as you wait for the water to heat up. When the water heats ups the pump turns off so you know it’s time for your shower.

If you have any other questions about the Chilipepper, talk to one of our Expert Advisors.

These two options combined with low flow toilets, shower heads, faucets, and a few behavioral changes can make big impacts in conserving water.