California Drought – Water Conservation Tips

With the looming drought emergency taking effect in certain California communities, it becomes imperative for everyone to look for ways to scale back their water usage as well as save money. Here are a few tips for conserving water in your neighborhood as you will put less strain on this precious natural resource.

Switch to Drought-Tolerant Plants in Your Yard

A typical 1,000 square-foot lawn will use up 35,000 gallons of water a year as many homeowners end up overwatering in the wintertime. Switching to drought-tolerant plants can significantly reduce water usage. If you can’t give up the grass, then perform maintenance on your sprinkler system to address leaks and overspray.

Turn Off the Faucet During Your Morning Routine

Just think of the amount of water running down the drain when you are brushing your teeth or shaving. Turning off the faucet is a simple task that can save up to 10 gallons of water.

Skip the Long Showers

Cutting your shower time by 5 minutes can save up to 25 gallons of water. So if you like taking those 20-minute showers, reduce it down to 10 minutes and you can be saving 50 gallons of water every day.

Wash Full Loads of Laundry

You are wasting electricity and water when you wash only a half load of dirty clothes. Wait until you have a full load of laundry in the washer before turning it on as you will save more water by using the washing machine less.

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