It’s summer in Georgia.
It’s hot. It’s dry. It’s humid. And while we don’t have a severe drought occurring like the parched state of California, I think it’s still important to be mindful of water usage. – Not only for your wallet, but for the health of our planet.
Below, I’ve researched 5 ways you can conserve water (and conserve money at the same time).
1. Install a rainwater collection system.
It’s true, there are many options to choose from when it comes to a rainwater collection system. You can spend a lot of money having one installed, or you can get your DIY on and make one yourself. One thing is for sure though, having extra water at your disposal is ALWAYS a good thing.
DIY 1,100 Gallon Rainwater Harvesting & Collection System by LDSPrepper:
2. Purchase WaterSense Certified Products.
These EPA approved products are well engineered and designed to be green. Not only do they conserve water, but they err on the side of conserving energy, as well. Win, win.
Here are a few examples:
3. Buy a Recirculation Pump
The University of California did a study entitled “Estimating Energy and Water Losses in Residential Hot Water Distribution Systems” by James Lutz in which they found:
Residential single family building practice currently ignores the losses of energy and water caused by the poor design of hot water systems. These losses include; the waste of water while waiting for hot water to get to the point of use; the wasted heat as water cools down in the distribution system after a draw; and the energy needed to reheat water that was already heated once before. Average losses of water are estimated to be 6.35 gallons (24.0 L) per day. (This is water that is run down the drain without being used while waiting for hot water.) The amount of wasted hot water has been calculated to be 10.9 gallons (41.3 L) per day. (This is water that was heated, but either is not used or is used after it has cooled off.) A check on the reasonableness of this estimate is made by showing that total residential hot water use averages about 52.6 gallons (199 L) per day. This indicates about 20 percent of average daily hot water is wasted.
That’s a lot of wasted water in one day… Imagine what it would add up to in a week, month, or even a year. A recirculation pump is a great way to reduce this waste. Some models can even be purchased for as little as $200. Essentially what they do is ensure the water in the hot water line remains hot, so that when you turn on your shower, it’s ready to go. It eliminates wait time, conserves a considerable amount of water, and saves money.
4. Landscape wisely.
As water becomes more scarce, I predict grass will become more and more of an unnecessary luxury. Why not consider a beautiful rock garden or plants that require little water? Succulents are a great example of vegetation that are low maintenance and low on water consumption. This will cut down your time on landscaping and save you money.
5. Be Mindful of Your Water Consumption.
You can buy all the high tech products in the world geared at water conservation, but if you don’t stay mindful of how much water you are using, it will all be for naught. Simple things like turning off the faucet when you are brushing your teeth, placing a bucket under the shower head while you are waiting for hot water (use that water for your yard, dog, cat, etc.), researching and recycling grey water, and filling your sink with water to wash the dishes versus leaving the water running will all cut down on your water usage. Each drop adds up and each drop conserved will save you money and help save our planet.
This may not be the most fun topic to talk about, but each of us has the power to make a big difference.
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Have a fantastic day and an even better summer!