6 Simple Water Saving Strategies Around the House - Rain Chains Direct

6 Simple Water Saving Strategies Around the House

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Over the past 30 years, the number of U.S. states reporting water stress has risen from 30 to 45. That means even in traditionally wet states, people are facing water shortage issues. Taking the effort to conserve water around the house can save money and help with environmental balance.

  1. By far the most notorious household water waster is the toilet. Pre-1992 toilets are highly inefficient. Consider installing a water-saving model to reduce water waste by up to 2 gallons per flush. We can’t all afford to just pop in a new toilet. A cheaper option is dropping a couple of dollars on a tank weight. This keeps the toilet tank level high and reduces the amount of water flushed.
  2. Showers are another culprit. If your shower can fill a one-gallon bucket in 20 seconds, consider the inexpensive option of installing a water-saving shower head. Then try to trim your showering time – even two minutes less can save 150 gallons of water per month.
  3. Leaky faucets inside and outside waste thousands of gallons annually. If you have a water meter, shut off all water sources and check the meter, then recheck an hour later for activity. Of course, checking manually for leaks also works. Hiring a plumber to fix them is a one-time investment for reduced water bills.
  4. Outside, conditions can get dry without regular watering. A water catchment system can save water for reuse in the yard rather than relying on the hose.  Replace your standard gutter downspouts with rain chains that channel the water to rain barrels at each corner of the house for a decorative water saving system. The water collected can easily irrigate a yard and garden and save water for use during dry periods.
  5. Sometimes the hose just does the trick. Watering by hand offers the capability to direct water exactly where you need it, when you need it. Before watering check under the grass with a trowel: if the soil is moist two inches below the grass, no water is needed.
  6. Longer grass provides shade to keep soil moist, so try a slightly higher mower setting. Likewise, to hold in moisture during daylight hours and add nutrients to your plants, scatter mulch and compost over them.

Being proactive about water use inside and out not only saves water, it saves money. Saving money by conserving water also helps reduce soil saturation and untreated sewage flow to storm drains. The environment, and your pocketbook, will thank you.