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Ways To Save Water and Cut Costs
WATER SAVING TIPS
| 15 Ways to Save Water Outdoors
- Water only in the late evening or early morning hours to reduce evaporation and interference from wind.
- Don't overwater. Reduce each irrigation cycle by 1-3 minutes or eliminate one irrigation cycle per week.
- Use a hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle to water landscaped areas not irrigated by a landscape irrigation system.
- Water only after the top inch of soil is dry.
- Reset irrigation controllers and replace batteries in the spring and fall.
- Adjust sprinklers to prevent overspray and run-off.
- Repair leaks and broken sprinkler heads.
- Add 2" to 3" of mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation.
- Install water-efficient drip irrigation system for trees, shrubs and flowers to get water to the plant's roots more efficiently.
- Upgrade to a weather-based "Smart" irrigation controller that automatically applies water to the plants only when they need it.
- Replace unused lawn areas with low water-use plants.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to wash down patios and driveways.
- Wash vehicles at a commercial car wash or use a bucket or hose with a shut-off nozzle. Avoid washing during hot conditions when increased evaporation requires more water.
- Repair all water leaks.
- Install covers on pools and spas to reduce evaporation.
|10 Ways to Save Water Indoors
- Run the dishwasher only when full.
- Turn off water when brushing teeth.
- Shorten showers or take a 'Navy shower'.
- Fill the bathtub half full while bathing.
- Don't use the toilet as a wastebasket.
- Wash only full loads of clothes.
- Fix leaky toilets and faucets.
- Install aerators with flow restrictors on kitchen/bathroom faucets.
- Replace older, inefficient clothes washers (Rebates may be available).
- Replace older, inefficient toilets (Rebates may be available).