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?