We’ve all heard about the drought that’s clutched California this year, and the scarcity of water that has had many people thinking more seriously about climate change for the first time. Here in Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada, we may not be too far behind California, out in the desert as we are. Instead of waiting for the situation to get dire, think ahead and start preparing early. Conservation is key when it comes to good water usage practices. This summer, use these tips from Closet and Storage Concepts to save water, and help the environment.
Don’t Overwater the Lawn
Many of us here in Nevada have foregone grassy lawns in favor of more environment-appropriate yards, but some of us just can’t seem to give up the green, grass that is! One of the ways in which people waste gallons of water each year is by overwatering their outdoor spaces. In fact, depending on the region, homeowners use 30-60% of their water outside, and of that water, 50% is wasted on overwatering! To know whether or not your grass is parched, simply step on it and if it springs back, then it doesn’t need to be watered. Don’t run your sprinkler unless you really have to, and let your grass grow longer in order to build up resistance to drought. It’s ok to sacrifice a slightly more manicured lawn in order to preserve the lawn itself!
Water at the Right Times
When you do water your lawn, make sure to do it in the morning or in the evening, rather than during the high heat of midday. Water will evaporate in the Las Vegas sun, so by choosing your watering times carefully and sprinkling strategically, you can make sure that the water actually stays in the soil. Instead of that sprinkler, try installing a dripping irrigation system that will give you the most bang for your liquid buck, and you might even be able to qualify for a rebate on your efficient irrigation system!
Don’t Wash By Hand
This tip is actually one that should be welcome. Statistics show that when people wash their dishes or their cars by hand, they actually waste much more water than if they had used the dishwasher or a carwash. So now you can justify what some might call laziness with the excuse that you’re only saving the environment! Energy-star rated dishwashers and commercial car washes are made with water conservation in mind, and can save gallons of water as opposed to washing by hand.
To learn more about home improvement and organization, visit Closet and Storage Concepts of Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada today!
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