5 Strategies to Conserve Water in Your Home
People all over the West benefit from the practice of water conservation, and residents in Falcon, Colorado’s, Meridian Ranch community are no exception. As fall approaches on the heels of a hot and dry summer, employing a few smart water-saving techniques goes a long way to ensuring there is enough water for us all.
Small Changes, Big Impact
Conserving water inside the home is easy. All it takes is a little consideration and a tweak of your daily habits. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Turn it off:
Conserving water is as simple as nixing the flow from the faucet. Put an end to wasteful water habits and be sure to turn the water off as you do the following tasks:
- Hand washing
- Teeth brushing
- Washing dishes
Check for leaks:
A leaky faucet or toilet can waste tens of gallons of water each day. A few minutes of inspecting all the faucets and toilets in your home may reveal a hidden leak. Often a faucet fix simply requires replacing a faulty washer. And here’s a trick to detect an in-toilet leak from tank to bowl: Once a year, add 10 drops of food coloring to each toilet’s tank. If after 15 minutes the water in the bowl is colored, you’ve got a leak that should be repaired in a timely fashion.
Swap it out:
Did you know toilets account for a staggering 25 percent of all indoor water usage? Consider investing in a 1.6-gallon low-flow model and cut your usage dramatically. While you’re at it, swap out shower heads for water-wise versions and add high-efficiency low-flow aerators to existing faucets. Finally, consider upgrading to a front-load washing machine, which on average uses one-third less water than a top loader.
Shorten it up:
Shower heads release multiple gallons of water every minute when in use. If every person in your home cut at least a minute or two from his or her bathing time, doing so would translate to hundreds of gallons conserved over a short period. Love your time in the water? Consider a bath instead.
Wait it out:
Last but certainly not least, consider when you are using water. Do you run the dishwasher when there are just a few dishes, or do you wait until it is full? How many laundry items do you wash in a single load? Do you flush every toilet, every time it is used? Delaying washing and flushing as long as is feasible can put a substantial dent in your water consumption.
Good for All
Water is a precious resource in the West. Making the conscious choice to conserve it on a daily basis benefits not only your finances but also the environment and your community. What actions will you take to create a more water-wise lifestyle?
Currently, Meridian Ranch residents are practicing Stage 2 water conservation restrictions. This pertains to water usage outside the home—namely, irrigation. It’s simple: if your address ends in an odd number, you may water on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Even-numbered addresses water on Sundays, Tuesday, and Thursdays. Watering must take place before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. No watering on Fridays. Click HERE for information about current Stage 2 water conservation efforts at Meridian Ranch and find additional tips for making your home as water efficient as possible.
Meridian Ranch is Falcon, Colorado’s, premier master-planned community. The community offers extensive onsite amenities, and residents enjoy a variety of nearby shopping and dining options, parks and recreation opportunities, and top-notch schools. Contact us today and discover our inventory of beautiful ranch and 2-story floorplans available now.