by Lindsay Gough
on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 at 4:54pm.
Happy Earth Day! Since we live in a desert, one of our most precious natural resources is water. Take some time today to make some adjustments in your home to save some water. Here are some ideas to get you started.
1 Fix Leaks
A small leak in a faucet, bathtub or toilet can waste up to 20 gallons of water a day. That’s over 7,000 gallons of water a year! Check all your bathroom and kitchen appliances to fix any possible leaks. Also, pay attention to your water meter and bill. If you see a sudden spike in water use one month, it may be a good indication that there is a hidden leak somewhere in your home or yard.
2 Only Run Full Appliances
Only turn on your dishwasher or washing machine when they’re full. To save even more water, not to mention time and energy, don’t pre-rinse your dishes or clothes. The machine will almost always do the trick. Use energy-efficient appliance that use less water to operate.
3 Plant a Desert-Friendly Yard
Since our climate is so hot and dry, you have to be careful about what you plant. If you own a house in St. George, and choose plants that need a lot of water, you’re going to waste a lot on sprinkler and irrigation systems. Instead, plant a yard that is desert friendly. Talk to your local nursery about the best plants to choose.
4 Take Your Car to the Car Wash
Many new car wash businesses recycle the water they use. This means, you will use less water at the car wash then you would in your own home. Not to mention it’s a lot less work than washing your car at home.
5 Don’t Let the Water Run
Whether you’re doing dishes,shaving, or taking a shower, turn off the water whenever you can. Fill the sink with a couple inches of water to rinse off dishes or razors. Only turn the shower water on to rinse off yourself, but turn it off when you’re lathering up. Just getting in the habit of turning off the water whenever you can may save your home hundreds of gallons a week!
6 Use Less Electricity
Power plants use a ton of water. By turning off your appliances and your lights when you leave a room, you can save on electricity, and in turn save on water. Buy energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs to help you save on power as well.
Water is a precious resource. Celebrate this Earth Day by committing to use less water and conserve more.