Ten Easy Water Conservation Tips
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality advises the following tips for water conservation:
1. Collect rainwater for outdoor use during the peak summer months, and you can save up to 1,300 gallons of water.
2. Watering your lawn in the morning saves water from being evaporated by the midday heat and reduces your water bill, too!
3. When needed, water your lawn one inch, once a week. Place a 6-ounce tuna can on your lawn and stop watering when it's full.
4. If every household fixed just one leaky faucet, we could reduce water use in Texas by more than 13 billion gallons a year!
5. Installing a water-efficient showerhead can reduce water consumption by 25% to 60% and save energy.
6. Check your toilet by using a leak-detection dye tablet; otherwise, you could be wasting about 200 gallons of water a day.
7. Turn off the water faucet while your brush your teeth and save up to 4 gallons of water per minute.
8. Replacing older toilets with water-efficient toilets can save 9,000 gallons of water a year.
9. Washing only full loads of laundry can save an average household more than 3,400 gallons of water each year.
10. An Energy Star dishwasher is about 25% more efficient than a conventional one, and will save about 800 gallons of water per year.
For more information, please visit the Take Care of Texas website, www.takecareoftexas.com