Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Easy Ways to Save Water

This spring, Americans should make conserving water one of the most important environmental actions they take at home.  According to the EPA's WaterSense publication, “One of the best ways to save energy across the country and in our own home is to use water more efficiently.”

Mother Nature Network's Roni Robbins lends advice on easy ways to save water at home. Not to mention how it will help cut utility bills.
Watering a lawn
Don’t water your lawn on windy days when most of the water blows away or evaporates. (Photo: tympsy/Flickr)
Below are tips for preserving this natural resource when landscaping - since it accounts for between 30-70% of water used daily in American homes, depending on the region and season. Taken from “100 Ways to Conserve.”
Rain Barrel from The Growers Exchange
  • Don’t water your lawn on windy days when most of the water blows away. Also note: trickling or cascading fountains lose less water to evaporation than those spraying water into the air.
  • Water your plants deeply, but less frequently, to encourage deep root growth and drought tolerance. More plants die from over-watering than under-watering. Set a kitchen timer when watering your lawn or garden to remind you when to stop or redirect the water. A running hose can lose up to 10 gallons/ min
  • Check the root zone of your lawn or garden for moisture before watering. If it’s still moist 2-3 inches under the soil surface you have enough water. Install a rain sensor on your irrigation controller so your system won’t run when it’s raining. Use a rain gauge, or empty tuna can, to track rainfall on your lawn. Then reduce your watering accordingly. A can of tuna also measures sprinkler output. 1in of water on 1sq ft of grass is 2/3 of a gallon of water.
  • Next time you add or replace a flower or shrub, choose a native, low-water-use plant like those from American Beauties for year-round landscape color, and save up to 550 gallons a year
  • Direct water from your roof’s rain gutters into a rain barrel to water your garden. 
Soil Reef soil amendment
And finally, a GMG tip: Soil Reef, a biochar based soil amendment, helps your soil retain water and nutrients.  Use it in your garden or in containers and you won't have to water as often.

For other easy ways to save water in and around  the house, check out the graphic home tour navigator at www.H2ouse.net to target room-specific conservation ideas.

And, use this tool on the EPA’s website to calculate the savings you would achieve by using water saving products.

 Katie @KatieGMG


Connacht Gold Garden Centre said...

Use it in your garden or in containers and you won't have to water as often.
Thanks for sharing with us..

Unknown said...

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Lucy M. Clark said...

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Jason said...

Great post, excellent advice. Water shortages are common in our area as well, which makes looking after the lawn rather difficult. I wonder, in such situations, how do you change the frequency of mowing the lawn? And in general, is it wise to maintain a nice lawn in such conditions? What do you think?