4 Ways to Conserve Water During a Drought
As climate change starts to Affect the globe, conserving water is more important than ever. This is especially true if you live in an area like California, which is heavily affected by drought. But even if you don’t live in California, you can still be affected by droughts that occur in the United States, like the drought in 2012 that left 81% of the US population in abnormally dry conditions.
Droughts not only affect your quality of living they can also affect your home and lead to flooding and cracks in the foundations of your house or business.
All Dry USA is able to provide quality repairs to any home affected by a bad drought, as well as promote great ways to conserve water to prevent problems arising.
Install Low Flow Fixtures
Installing low flow fixtures is an incredibly efficient and effective way of saving water right away. Low flow toilets, urinals, showerheads, and faucets are available to help you use only the necessary amount of water for your everyday activities.
Though installing new fixtures can have a greater cost upfront than other solutions, you are effectively committing yourself to more long-term savings in the future. On average, hiring a company to install a new low flow toilet can cost about $500, but you can expect savings of about $90 each year, and you’re helping with conservation efforts in your area.
Showerheads and faucets are much cheaper replacements, at about $200 and $100 upfront respectively. Switching out your showerhead for a low flow option can help save up to 2,300 gallons of water a year. Combined with reducing the amount of time you take to shower you can really help your community in a drought by working to reduce your H2O consumption.
Faucets account for about 15% of a home’s indoor water use. You can save about 500 gallons per year while also reducing the energy your water heater uses with your new low flow faucet.
Use Your Sprinklers in the Morning
You wouldn’t think that the time of day you turn on your sprinklers could really have an impact, but watering your lawn in the morning can really help you save water during a drought.
Temperatures in the afternoon are at their highest point, so much of the water you use during this time can evaporate before it even affects your lawn. Turning your sprinklers on in the morning when the temperature is cooler can help you save much more water during a drought.
Use Mulch for Your Plants
Mulch keeps the water in your lawn or plants from evaporating, so you can use your sprinklers sparingly rather than every day. You can use mulch indoors as well as outdoors, for any potted plants that you may keep inside your house.
Only Run Full Loads
To help conserve water during a drought or during any time of the year, another method is to only run full loads in your washing machine or dishwasher.
Both appliances will use the same amount of water for a half load as they do with a full load of dishes or clothes. That’s why running the laundry or dishwasher when it’s only half full can be a big waste of water, especially during times that are the most important to conserve it.
If you don’t own a dishwasher and instead wash dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running. Turn the faucet on to scrub your dishes, turn it off, and then back on again when you need to rinse. If you have two sink basins, you can even use one to wash and one to rinse, so you only have to run the water from the faucet once.
Help Conserve Water Every Day!
Though it is especially important to save water during the most crucial points of environmental disaster, you should also try to use these tips to save water and energy every day.
Conserving water is the perfect way to keeping resources ready and available for everyone while also keeping costs down in your own household. These four tips are simple to implement and although they might seem like small changes, every little thing helps when it comes to droughts. Making an effort to adjust to them can help save your money and help to preserve the planet.