Even though we’re quickly approaching the end of summer, temperatures in North Carolina are still very warm and that means we’re using lots of water outside of our homes. Water conservation has become an essential practice all over the world and by doing your part in your very own yard, you can help prevent water pollution and save on utility bills. It’s a win-win!
So, even if you’re already making a conscious effort to use less water and increase efficiency, a little reminder can never hurt. After all, there may be one or two tips below that you haven’t heard of yet!
Keep a close eye on your sprinklers. Make sure they’re actually watering your lawn and garden rather than the street or the driveway. Concrete and blacktop don’t need to be watered!
Watering your plants in the morning or the evening while temperatures are cooler will give them plenty of time to absorb water before it starts to evaporate. Stick with these times rather than during the middle of the day when the sun is the strongest and temperatures are the warmest.
Can your driveway or sidewalk use a good cleaning? Put the hose down and grab the broom instead. You’d be surprised at how clean your broom can make these areas without using a single drop of water.
Add a shut-off nozzle to your garden hose. Doing so can save roughly 5-7 gallons of water each minute. This is especially useful for those who wash their cars or water the garden frequently.
And as always, take some time to check for leaks in hoses, hose bibs, and outdoor pipes and faucets. If you happen to find one, call on The Good Guys at Three Way Plumbing right away! Every minute you wait could potentially amount to another gallon of water wasted.
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