If you live in California, you are probably feeling the effects of the drought. Just take a look at the lawns in our neighborhood and you’ll see that people are trying to conserve water by cutting their watering time. While it helps to make a difference, there are so many other ways that you can conserve water! I’m sharing 5 easy ways to conserve water that you can start using today. A big shout out to Scotts® for sponsoring this post so I could share some easy ways to conserve water that are working for us.
Easy Ways To Conserve Water
Don’t use the toilet as a trash can. Did you know that every time you flush, five to seven gallons of water is wasted? So if you blow your nose and flush the tissue, you just wasted a ton of water. I’ve even gotten to the point where if the kids go “Number 1”, I don’t scream and yell if they don’t flush.
Install water-saving shower heads and take shorter showers. Water-saving low-flow shower heads or restrictors are easy to install and worth the cost. If you’re not ready to go that route, cut down on shower time: a four-minute shower uses approximately 20 to 40 gallons of water! Limit your shower time to the time it takes to wash and rinse. If you shave in the shower, soap up and then turn off the water while you shave.
And don’t let the kids play; shower time is not fun time.
Only run your dishwasher and clothes washer with full loads. Sometimes you have to do a smaller load, I get it. If you do, make sure to adjust water levels to match the size of the load. And remember, Energy Star rated washers use 35 – 50% less water and 50% less energy per load. So if it’s time for a new washing machine, you may want to consier an Energy Star rated one.
Turn off water when brushing your teeth. I’ve always done it, but the kids are the worst at letting the water run! Teach them to wet their toothbrush and turn the water off. Then brush and when they’re ready to rinse, turn it back on.
Lastly, cut down on the time you are watering your lawn and WHEN you are watering. Your lawn may not to be watered daily, or multiple times a day. An easy way to check to see if you need to water is to step on your grass. If it springs back up, it doesn’t need to be watered.
When you water is extremely important as well. Water during the middle of the night or early in the morning. Don’t water if it’s windy or raining. Make sure that you adjust your sprinklers so you aren’t watering your driveway and sidewalks…and whaterever you do, PLEASE DO NOT use your hose to clean off your driveway or sidewalks!
Here’s my favorite watering tip: use Scotts® Everydrop ™ water maximizer for lawns and landscapes. EveryDrop™ is a water maximizer for lawns and landscapes that’s designed to help move water into the soil, even in dry, hard-to-wet soils. Our houses were built on clay, so to say our soil is dry and hard to wet is an understatement. But by usingEveryDrop™, we are now using 25% less water and our lawn and landscape is healthy and hydrated.
While it’s ideal to apply the granuales in late spring before the summer heat hits, I didn’t get to try it until last month. All you do is set and fill your spreader so each pass is 5 feet apart. One cup covers about 185 square feet, so unless you have a huge yard, 1 bag should last you quite awhile. Then reapply every 4 weeks. That’s it! Everydrop’s™ unique formula is designed to help move water into the soil to reduce the wasteful runoff and pooling that occurs without it.
Well-fed lawns and plants are more efficient at using water. Feed your lawn and plants with Scotts® and Miracle-Gro® because both products will allow you to make the most of all the available water so that you have to water less frequently, and it keeps your grass green and landscaping looking great! (Tip: Gerbera daisies are drought tolerant and stay happy look how pretty mine look thanks to Scotts® Everydrop ™!
For additional details about Scotts® Everydrop ™ and to see a demonstration of how the products works please visit: www.scottsmiraclegro.com/california. For more tips on living green, check out my posts on green living.
What easy ways to conserve water do you have to share?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scotts® EveryDrop™.