Install Low-Flow Toilets & Shower Heads
Look for the WaterSense label which indicates the faucets are 20 percent more water efficient than the standard faucet. They use a maximum of 1.5 gallons per minute, compared to the standard flow of 2.2 gallons per minute.
Choose Energy-Efficient Appliances
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Make Sure Your Plumbing is Working Smoothly
Consider installing a water softener system in your home. This will ensure the plumbing system runs smoothly by stopping any mineral deposit build up in pipes.
Tip: Insulate your pipes to help prevent any cracks from occurring during the winter.
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Install Water-Efficient Irrigation Systems Outdoors
Tip: Instead of pouring water down the drain, why not use it to water your plants? This is a good way to preserve your water usage.
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Create a Drought-Friendly Landscape
You can take preemptive measures to ensure your landscape is drought-friendly. Many plants will adapt to the climate and can survive a couple days without watering. Smaller plants require less water, plus it's always a good idea to group plants with similar watering needs together. Drought-friendly plants include:
- Fountain Grass
- Trumpet Vine
Make sure to add mulch to keep the soil moist and deter weeds, which means less competition over water for your plants.
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