Improve Your Efficiency with a Water Walkthrough in Your Home!

Taking just a few moments to check your home for water waste can add up to major improvements in efficiency.

Here are some savings from inside your house and outdoors too.  Remember, homes with pools and yards can use as much as 70 percent of their water outside.

Outside

  • Head outside and make sure that your sprinkler timers are adjusted properly for the time of year and weather conditions.
  • Set your sprinklers to go off early in the morning or later in the evening, when heat and evaporation are at their lowest.
  • Inspect each sprinkler head to make sure it is not broken.
  • Turn the sprinklers on to see if they are spraying the sidewalk or driveway. Readjust them so that they are only spraying your lawn.
  • For plants with drip irrigation, make sure that there is a dug out area for water to settle.
  • Think about swapping out water intensive plants for drought tolerant plants. Native species can be both beautiful and water efficient.
  • Replace older irrigation system with a smart irrigation controller.

Bathroom

  • Examine showerheads and faucets for drips.
  • Check your toilets for leaks by putting 2-3 drops of food coloring in the tank. If the color seeps from the tank into the toilet bowl, you’ve got a leak. Stop by your water district’s office to get free toilet tabs to test all your toilets at home.
  • Replace older faucets and shower heads with new, low-flow models.

Kitchen

  • Look at your kitchen faucets for leaks and drips. Drops add up to significant loss over time!
  • Check your freezer’s icemaker for leaks. Icy buildup around the icemaker is a sign of a leak.
  • Replace older faucets with new, low-flow models.