Tuesday Tips, Week 9

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Tuesday Tips, Just Another Great Post from Little House

Tuesday Tips, Just Another Great Post from Little House. I'm so humble.

This week’s Tuesday Tip, reducing your water usage! Living in Southern California with our limited amount of rainfall has made me realize that water is a precious resource. Try as I might to keep a green lawn the majority of the year, I usually lose this battle by mid-June; no rain equals brown grass. So, I’ve learned to make the best of the little rain fall we do receive. 

Tip #9: Reduce your water usage.

Reducing your water usage saves you money.

  • The less household water used, the lower your water bill. My water and power bill claims I’m spending about $1.20 a day on water. However, I’m using less than the 24 HFC (hectares per cubic foot) of water in the tier 1 pricing structure. (SoCal has a tiered pricing structure for water abusers.) The past two months I’ve used 19 HFC for a total of just under $70 for two months of water. Not too shabby considering my bill from about 6 months ago was 1/3 more.

Some ways I’ve reduced my water usage:

  • Only watering the lawn two days a week (and praying for one extra day of rain!)
  • Limiting the flushes! In our bathroom only, we’re going with the whole, “if it’s yellow, let it mellow” mantra. That is definitely helping reduce our water usage.
  • Installing low-flow aerators and shower heads.
  • Limiting the shower time…take a 5 minute shower! (or shower with a partner ;))
  • Turning off the water when brushing your teeth, washing your face or hands.
  • Only washing full loads of laundry (in cold!)
  • Don’t spray down your drive way!

Some ways to reduce your outdoor use (these are the ideas I’m not doing myself-yet, but would like to!):

  • Install rain barrels and collect rainwater for watering the lawn in dry months.
  • Install a gray water recycling system in your home.
  • Plant drought-tolerant plants or plants native to your region, they usually grow with very little maintenance.
  • Purchase a front-loading, low water usage washing machine
  • Use the water saver feature on your dishwasher. (I do this one!)

Reducing water consumption is good for the environment.

  • Our water cycle is ever changing. Whether you believe in Global Warming or not, the fact is weather patterns do change. For instance, Southern California normally receives 15 inches of rain a year. Over the past 4 years we’ve received much less rainfall than normal. Is it a pattern that will continue? Who knows. What I do know is that our world-wide population is growing and access to fresh, clean water may be more difficult in the future. Conserving water now may help reduce the negative effects of limited access to water in the future.

Do you live in a semi-arid or arid environment? What things do you do at home to reduce your water usage?

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  1. FinEngr

    YES YES YES – WATER!!!!

    Sorry for the excitement, but I can’t get enough of promoting this. Water is still a heavily subsized (limited) commodity and so it continues to go wasted.

    It irks me to no end when people don’t understand the process and level of involvement for purification – then thoughtlessly waste it. My all-time favorite has to be store owners who wash their sidewalks clean…

    We have to use water – there’s no way around that. but realizing that your local water is treated for human consumption is a step in the right direction.
    .-= FinEngr´s last blog ..Yakezie Weekly Round-up: Mother’s Day Edition =-.

    • Little House

      @FinEngr – I couldn’t agree more! Our next major environmental issue is going to be access to clean water. Hopefully people will begin taking water more seriously!

  2. RainyDaySaver

    Our water bill comes from the town, and so far, it’s only bee $35 per 3-month period. Not sure how we’re pulling it off, but that’s pretty darned cheap. However, they don’t give us a breakdown of exactly how much we use.

    Still, we only run the dishwasher and washing machine with full loads, don’t run the water when brushing our teeth, and don’t flush all of the time.
    .-= RainyDaySaver´s last blog ..Giveaway! Rainy-Day Saver Turns 2 =-.

    • Little House

      @Rainy Day Saver – That’s pretty inexpensive! However, it could be that your area receives a lot of rainfall and water isn’t such a limited commodity. Or, it could just be you’re lucky to live in a community where water is inexpensive ;).

  3. FinEngr

    @Little House

    I forgot to tell you – good work with all your efforts!
    .-= FinEngr´s last blog ..Yakezie Weekly Round-up: Mother’s Day Edition =-.

  4. Anne

    I keep a 5-gallon bucket in the shower to catch the “warm-up” water. It takes 1 1/2 to 2 gallons of water before it’s hot. Multiply that times the number of showers in your household per month and the number is pretty significant. We follow the same principle in the kitchen. As I tell my son, “water is a precious natural resource”…

    • Little House

      @Anne – What a terrific idea! I have read about this. Many families in Australia (who have been hit hard by a 7+ year drought) do this to water their gardens. Thanks for adding this tip!

  5. Money Reasons

    Now that it’s summer again, I’ll start to take Navy Showers.

    I included a link to my post about it, but really it’s pretty simple…
    1.) take a sec to get yourself wet, then turn off the shower
    2.) lather up, and shampoo your hair.
    3.) turn the shower back on rinsing the soap and shampoo away.

    This technique saves at least 80% of the water that would just run down the drain…
    .-= Money Reasons´s last blog ..Lemons to Lemonade – Mowing To Excercise and Save Money =-.

    • Little House

      @Money Reasons – Thanks for the shower tip! I’m wondering if a shower-saver, that little lever that turns the water from the shower head off, does this just as well?

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