It’s the New Year. Many of you have thought and talked about your plans for the New Year. Was one of them to use water more efficiently? This is the perfect time of year to look around the home to see if there are ways to employ wise water use. Here are some tips to make this New Year’s Resolution a success.
Outside the home:
Check your irrigation system
Now’s a perfect time to check your irrigation system for leaks and to get them fixed. Make sure your sprinklers are not watering impervious areas such as driveways or sidewalks. Also, test your rain sensor and replace if needed. Your rain sensor should be tested annually. Believe it or not, it is Florida Law that all irrigation systems have a working rain sensor.
Skip a week
During the cooler months your grass doesn’t need as much water. It goes dormant. Skip a week. Just set your timer to off the week you don’t want to water and back to on for the week you do.
Reduce your grass area
Grass can consume a lot of water. Reduce your water use by creating plant beds using Florida friendly plants. For a database of recommended trees, palms, shrubs, flowers, groundcovers, grasses and vines for your yard please visit: www.floridayards.org.
Use a pool cover
A pool cover can reduce your pool’s water evaporation by 30%-50%. With less water evaporating your pool’s chemical consumption will be reduced. A pool cover will also reduce cleaning time by keeping dirt and debris out of the pool.
Inside the home:
Replace old appliances and fixtures
Today’s washing machines, dishwashers, toilets and showerheads are more water and energy efficient. Toilets are now 1.28 gallon per flush or less compared to 3.5+ gallon per flush toilets still found in homes. Energy Star® labeled clothes washers use 30% less energy and about 50% less water than standard washing machines. Front loading washing machines use less water than top loading machines. Dishwashers with the Energy Star® label on average use 15% less water than standard models. When replacing toilets, faucets and showerheads make sure they are WaterSense® certified.
Take 5-minute showers
Use a 5-minute food timer to take a five-minute shower and save water.
Fix those leaks
An easy way to check for leaks is your water meter. Watch the little red triangle on the dial of the meter. If this triangle is moving while no water is being used, you may have a leak. If you can’t locate the leak call our customer service center at 407-944-5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We can evaluate if the service of a plumbing contractor is necessary.
For more tips on saving water visit our Ways to Conserve section on www.tohowater.com.