Water Wastage 101: Turn a New Leaf This Spring

If you haven’t already noticed, Spring has sprung! The early stages of warm weather are in full swing and there is plenty of work to be done. For those people who had to neglect their lawn this year because of frigid winter weather, it’s time to get outside and give that lawn of yours some much needed TLC.

However, before you bust out the Slip N’ Slide and start running those sprinklers, it’s important to be conscious of your water consumption, especially as drought conditions continue to worsen across the country. Whether you live in these problem areas or simply have a love for green living, here are some ways you can both cut down on consumption save some money this spring.

Outside the Home

As for outside the home, there are even more ways to reduce waste, many of which don’t require expensive renovations or alternative methods of yard work. If it’s prize-worthy grasses you’re looking for this spring and summer, all it takes is some careful planting and some opportune watering to get those lush greens you’ve been looking for.
Improperly installed sprinklers can be a tremendous source of water wastage when they’re unevenly placed or excessively run. Not only is it wasteful, but it can even be severely damaging to your yard. Consider careful placement, in addition to a rain sensor for your system so you don’t cross wires with Mother Nature.

When choosing new plants for your garden, pick ones that are native to your region, and when possible, select those that are drought-resistant. These hardier plants will keep your garden flourishing even under poor weather conditions – and are much lower maintenance, which is always handy.

Water your lawn in the early mornings and late in the evening to prevent the growth of fungus and premature evaporation. Also, when watering, deep-soak your lawn so the roots get the moisture they need.

Make sure to put a layer of mulch around all the trees and plants in your yard. This will not only discourage evaporation, but weed growth as well. This is a must for warmer seasons and regions where every drop counts.

Inside the Home

For most people, a majority of their water consumption occurs while they’re at home. Whether it’s washing dishes, doing laundry or using the bathroom, homeowners everywhere watch their money spiral the drain every day. Fortunately, there are very simply habits that can help you avoid flushing your savings all the while cutting back on water waste.

Always know the state of your home’s plumbing and exterior seal. Leaks in the former can be very wasteful over time, and both bring the risk of property damage, or mildew and mold – every property owner’s worst nightmare short of a natural disaster. If you smell or sight anything that might indicate leakage, immediate action is always preferable.

The toilet in your home is another known water waster. To combat this, put two inches of sand inside of two plastic bottles (or four inches per larger bottle), fill them with water and put them in your toilet tank. Depending on your usage, this little trick can easily save over ten gallons of water a day!

When washing the dishes, plug the drain to avoid wasting too much water. Keep your faucet in the off position whenever possible during the washing and rinsing process.

On laundry day, make sure you’re washing full loads with the right amount of fill water. Laundry alone accounts for 1/5 of the water consumption in your house, so make sure you’re maximizing your water usage when washing your clothes.

At the end of the day, water conservation is no joke. It’s something that people need to be mindful of as they go through their daily lives. It can be easy to grow lax in some of these habits, especially when each drop might seem inconsequentially individually.

But over time, and as a larger population, it results in millions upon millions of wasted gallons of clean water annually. Whether it’s at home, at the office or anywhere else, it’s important to remember that even the smallest adjustments in your daily habits can make an enormous difference in the long run.