Small steps can make a big difference in your overall water consumption. Consider making some of these changes, and click the link below to view the complete list of 20 handy tips to conserve water and save money this summer.
Water use calculator
This online water calculator from Alliance for Water Efficiency allows you to input water use information specific to your household and offers tips on where you can save water and energy based on that data.
Plant appropriately for your local climate. Check with local nurseries for non-invasive, drought-tolerant plants. Choose drought-resistant plants or native plants. Plants native to the local conditions have the benefit of being able to thrive within them. And, they often require less maintenance and water.
Control the flow
Use a hose nozzle on your hose to better control the flow you are using. Place hoses carefully to avoid watering unnecessary areas like sidewalks.
Bathe pets outdoors in areas that need water.
Consider water and energy-efficient appliances. Products and services that have earned the WaterSense label have been certified to be at least 20% more efficient without sacrificing performance. The USEPA reports that EPA-certified Energy Star washing machines may use 35% less water per load. Water-saving showerheads, toilets and faucet aerators can also help cut your water usage.