Water conservation is important no matter where you live, but it’s especially important in states like Texas, where the chance of drought is high and the summer heat is consistently brutal. Fortunately, there are a lot of simple practices that can help anybody better conserve water, leading to a healthier overall landscape, less stress on communities during droughts, and lower utility bills for individual families. Here are some of the best tips for saving this summer courtesy of your friends at Ben Franklin Plumbing:
Grow Native Plants
Make sure that the types and varieties of plants on your land are native, or least adapted for life in the Texas landscape. Plants that are known to be drought and heat resistant are going to be better suited to the hot weather and won’t need excess amounts of watering to thrive.
You can create your own water supply by collecting runoff from frequent summer rains. Installing rain barrels on your property is a quick, simple, and incredibly helpful way to conserve and make use of what nature provides.
No Partial Washing
Never wash half or partial loads of laundry. If you’re going to wash, wait until you have a full load to maximize water usage. In addition, use stain pre-treatment products on spots or splotches so there won’t be any need for rewashing.
Water Plants Early
If you have plants that need watering, get to them before 10 AM to avoid water loss due to increased evaporation when the sun is high later in the afternoon. Watering in the evening has its own risks, as it can lead to more potential disease and damage to plants.
Install Water-Efficient Appliances
Replace any home appliances such as shower heads, toilets, washing machines, and dishwashers with models that are labeled “water-efficient.”
Get an Aerator
Installing a faucet aerator in your kitchen can cut sink consumption by more than half with little to no noticeable difference to your day to day life.
Place Sprinklers Wisely
When placing sprinklers in your yard, pay attention to placement to make sure they’re not spraying onto your driveway, sidewalk, or other space that would be considered wasteful.
If you have any leaky faucets in your home, don’t wait to get them fixed. The difference between a leaky faucet and a repaired one can add up to hundreds of dollars and thousands of gallons.
Drip, Don’t Spray
If you’re using spray irrigation on the plants and grass on your property, consider switching to a more efficient practice. Switching to drip irrigation can lessen water loss by more than 60 percent.
When hand-washing dishes, soak your pans instead of scrubbing with the sink on.
Start to think creatively when it comes to your water use. For instance, consider alternative uses for wastewater instead of letting it go down the drain. Capture water run-off while washing your hands or taking a shower and use it to help take care of plants and flowers on your landscape.
Let the Grass Grow
Did you know that taller grass holds onto moisture better and for longer? Don’t cut more than a third of your grasses’ total length at any given time. When you have clippings, leave them on the lawn instead of collecting them. Both of these practices will help your lawn stay healthier for longer without as much wasted water.
Spare the Hose
If you ever need to clear away debris from your driveway or other walkways – grass clippings, leaves, and the like – use a broom instead of the easier (and much more wasteful) hose.
Look for WaterSense
Whenever you’re in need of new plumbing fixtures, look for varieties that are labeled with the WaterSense label. These are specially tested to perform more efficiently than non-certified counterparts and can be up to 20 percent or more efficient.
Find the Shut-Off Valve
One of the best ways to save water in case of emergency is knowing where your emergency shut-off valve is. Instead of scrambling when a burst pipe or similar surprise happens, knowing in advance will allow you to circumvent overwhelming water loss and damage if something happens.
Texas summers can be hot, but they don’t have to be wasteful. Follow these simple conservation tips to your part for our water and save a bundle at the same time. Plus, if you ever need home plumbing assistance, you can trust companies like Ben Franklin Plumbing to not only solve your problem, but to do so in a way that conserves water. Enjoy your summer!