Increased urbanization and periods of drought have put a strain on municipal water supplies nationwide. As a result, more and more groundwater has been pumped from local wells and aquifers, causing concerns about where future water supplies will come as cities grow. That’s why it behooves us all to conserve water at all times, both when rain seems plentiful as well as when drought restrictions apply.
When it comes to water conservation, Georgia gets a B from the Alliance for Water Efficiency’s scorecard on effectiveness of laws and policies regarding water conservation. That’s not bad, but each homeowner can help conserve water on a daily basis, thereby making Georgia a leader in water conservation, and an example for ensuring plentiful supplies in the future.
Helpful Tips for Saving Water
- Wash dishes in a water- and energy-efficient dishwasher, rather than by hand. If you must hand-wash dishes, wash them in a pan rather than under flowing water. Cut back on rinse times when using the dishwasher.
- Install water-efficient faucets in all sinks.
- Get your car washed at a professional carwash. They do a much more efficient job of cleaning cars and reclaiming wastewater than individuals can.
- When watering the lawn in the summer, use a soaker hose. Sprinklers allow water to evaporate. Water before 10 a.m. or later in the afternoon, after the hottest part of the day so the water doesn’t evaporate. Observe municipal laws about when to water.
- Cut back on using the garbage disposal/running water to wash garbage away. Compost vegetable parings when possible.
- Wash full loads of laundry.
- Cut back on shower times to under five minutes (you can save up to 1000 gallons a month by doing so).
- Install efficient shower heads.
- If you know your toilet is leaking, have it fixed. Also have it checked for silent leaks every year.
- Find ways to use leftover water from cooking. For instance, pour vegetable water into a compost pile or use it for soups.
Want to learn others ways to conserve water? Contact Powers Heating and Air. We serve Peachtree and the surrounding area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.
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