Everyone likes to keep the outside of their homes tidy and clean. Your neighbors may appreciate the effort, but your water bill may not. Saving water is easy when you change up a few of your routine outdoor tasks. Start with sweeping away the dirt from driveways, pathways, and sidewalks instead of hosing them off.
Depending on your hose, you could be spraying at a rate of 5 to 10 gallons per minute. Even short five or fifteen minute jobs end up using a lot of water that is simply running down the drain. Sweeping takes little to no extra effort and delivers the same clean results, but uses no water. Another common household task like washing your car or truck can be an opportunity to save water, as well. Using a bucket and sponge to wash the car will save water by not having a constantly running water source. It also cuts down on the water needed to wash, since you fill the bucket once and that’s all you’ll need. Just sud the vehicle up, give it just a quick rinse, and you’ll save many more gallons of water than when you washed it before. Alternatively, many car washes recycle their water.
Finding a business with recycled water systems may cost you a few dollars up front but will save you money on your water bill, and you can take comfort in knowing that water is not going to waste after your car wash is done. When you do use your hose, make sure you have – and use – a shutoff nozzle. This allows you to turn off the water without going back to the spigot, but doesn’t waste water while you’re doing another job.
When you’re ready for more water, simply flip the switch and you’re ready to go. The exterior of your house and yard makes a statement. Keeping it clean and green doesn’t have to mean wasted water. With a few simple changes, you can save water and help the environment.