Water Saving Tips
Make Your Home “Water Smart”
Conserving water is easy! Taking steps like using a water broom instead of a hose to clean the driveway is a great way to reduce water use outdoors. For other useful water saving tips, check out our water smart home! Click on the rooms below to learn how to conserve water and get more bang for your buck.
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- Shower timers are a useful device to remind you to keep showers to 5 minutes
- Water heaters are another useful tool to conserve water because they have a limited amount of hot water
- Remind family and friends to close the faucet while brushing teeth
- If you wash your car at home, use a low flush nozzle to reduce the amount of water used
- Find car wash locations that use recycled water
- FACT, grass areas use 50% more water than any plant, 70% of a household's water bill comes from outdoor water use
- Water in the early morning or late afternoon after the sun has set
- Keep a rain barrel, you can use it later for irrigation
- Installing sink sensor faucets or faucet aerators reduces the amount of water used
- The dish squeegee is the latest kitchen tool, it wipes away mess with pre-rinsing
- Make sure to have full loads when using a dish washer
- Use California Friendly Plants because they require less water and thrive in extreme weather, for common plant names please visit bit.ly/Q4N2gt
- Adding mulch to your landscape will help maintain moisture. Here are a few guidelines when using mulch:
keep 2 - 4 inch minimum layer of mulch over soil surface, keep mulch a minimum of 6 inches from base of plant and keep in mind that mulch needs some maintenance change 3 times a year
- Plant strategically, group plants according to water needs (hydrozone)
- Use high-efficiency appliances to reduce water use (and check for rebates)
- Check for any leaks
- Keep full loads when using clothes washer
- Removing grass and installing artificial turf helps significantly reduce the amount of water used in a household
- Consider addinga permeable surfaces, they provide stormwater infiltration
- Consider investing in a waterbroom, they reduce the amount of water used when cleaning outdoor areas
- Keep a cover on your pool so that the water can stay clean longer but keep in mind that using a cover can cause possible chlorine level imbalances
For additional water saving tips and to see how much you can save by conserving water, please click here.
Here are additional household conservation tips:
Leaving the water running while brushing your teeth or washing dishes can waste hundreds of gallons of valuable water. By taking a few seconds to turn off the faucet, you’re conserving water.
If you wash your car at home, save water by using a bucket and low-flow shut off spray nozzle when you need to rinse the car.
Use a broom instead of the water hose for sweeping your driveway.
Make the most of your wash by doing full loads. Also, high-efficiency washing machines not only save you water but they also save you electricity and detergent. Check with your water provider or retail store for available rebates.
Did you know that more than half of all our indoor water use is from our toilets? Using toilets as trash cans wastes water. Installing a high-efficiency toilet is also a great way to save water and money.
Turn off the water when you’re not using it. Low-flow showerheads are also a great idea to conserve water.
Water brooms are one of the newest water saving devices. Their unique technology uses a combination of air and water pressure that leaves a clean surface. Although the use of traditional brooms is recommended, it is also recognized that when health is a factor using water may be more appropriate. A water broom is a great alternative to use when traditional brooms cannot thoroughly clean a surface. For information on where to purchase a water broom please visit www.watermiser.com.
Stay informed and participate in your local community’s conservation efforts. Nothing fuels a conservation program like public support.