As a pool owner, you’re using plenty of water! But that doesn’t mean you can’t be responsible about reducing water waste in and around your home. In part 1, we focused on ways to avoid water waste in two key areas: the kitchen and the bathroom. Now we’re going to expand our cautious use of this precious natural resource to other areas of your home and surrounding outdoor area.
Water Conservation Around the House
How often do you find yourself allowing lukewarm water to run as you await that hot water that you need? You can decrease the amount of time it takes for that hot water to arrive by adding extra insulation to all hot water pipes; in addition, you should make sure to fix any leak as soon as you notice it; even a tiny leak represents water waste that adds up quickly.
One more way to reduce water waste around the house is to catch what would otherwise become wasted water, keeping it handy for other uses. Just keep a pitcher by the sink (it can even add a touch of style, coordinating with the room’s decor) ready to catch water for use in cleaning, watering plants, or other uses. (In addition to tepid water, you can collect other forms of water that would otherwise be wasted, too: think dropped ice cubes, half-drunk glasses of water, and more.
Water Conservation While Cleaning
The laundry room is another place where water waste can easily occur. You can reduce the amount of waste by following a few guidelines:
- use the small load setting, when appropriate
- save laundry until you have a full large load
- use an energy-efficient or “HE” washing machine
- re-evaluate whether clothes need to be washed
Beyond the laundry room, cleaning your home can lead to unnecessary water waste. By choosing natural cleaning products instead of bleach and harsh chemicals, you will reduce the amount of water needed. And when it comes to outdoor areas, sweeping is a better choice than hosing down sidewalks and driveways
Water Conservation in Landscaping
As you plan your landscaping, especially surrounding your pool area, you can do so in a way that’s conducive to water conservation. First, you can consider an alternative to a traditional lawn; after all, wouldn’t you rather spend the majority of your outdoor time in your pool instead of mowing and watering grass? From patios and stepping stones to perennial groundcovers, there are many alternatives to grass.
Especially if you live in a drought-prone area, choosing native plants and those that are known to be drought-tolerant options will help you avoid unnecessary water use. Edible gardens offer multiple benefits, as do natural play spaces suitable for children, like this DIY sandpit.
To read more about how to conserve water outdoors, check out this next post.
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