Conserving water is better for the environment, as well as for our wallets. Wasting precious water is almost a criminal offense, especially for those of us living in the desert. Conserving water is easy, though. A few simple steps is all it takes for everyone to protect this precious resource.
Here are 10 things you can do now to save water around your home:
- Repair leaky faucets and toilets. About 14% of indoor water use is lost to leaks.
- Showers are more water-efficient. It takes about 70 gallons of water to fill a bathtub, though long showers can use 5 to 10 gallons every minute, so keep showers brief.
- Load from the front. Most front-loading washing machines use around 20 gallons a load, while most top-loading machines use about twice that amount.
- Use a dishwasher. Energy Star dishwashers only use about 4 gallons of water per load verses hand washing, which generally uses about 20 gallons of water each time.
- Xeriscape. Nearly 60% of water usage goes toward lawn and garden maintenance, so replace your traditional landscaping with water-wise or drought-resistant plants.
- Cover it. The average pool holds 22,000 gallons of water and if you don’t cover it, hundreds of gallons of water can be lost due to evaporation every month.
- Drive a dirty car. Washing a car uses about 150 gallons of water, so cut down on the number of car washes.
- Turn it off. When brushing your teeth, just wet your brush and fill a glass to rinse your mouth; don’t let the tap run.
- Collect rain water. Although it doesn’t rain a lot here in the desert, collecting rain water, especially during monsoon, to water your xeriscaped yard will keep your yard looking lush.
- BYOB. Avoid using pre-packaged bottled water by filling your own bottle with tap water from home. Each one-liter bottle of water actually takes about three liters of water to produce.
John’s Refrigeration Heating and Cooling is not only committed to our customers, but also to the environment. John’s offers a home energy audit to find out where your home is losing energy. As your home comfort partner, call us so we can work with you to increase your home’s efficiency, reduce your energy usage, and save you money.