Thursday, May 21, 2009

CONSERVATION: How Much Water Do You Use?

Grey Water GardenImage of a Grey Water Garden by Jeremy Levine Design via Flickr

How Much Water Do You Use? by Ryan Fletcher

As I write this I can see out the window that it is raining here, just outside Washington, DC. In fact, I've been looking out the window and that's all I've seen for the past week. California has a water problem, this is in their 3rd year of drought and the effects are having an effect everywhere from agriculture production, to the devastating effect of forest fires - I would like to send them some of this rain.

The problem has gotten so bad that the Sacramento Press reports that the Department of Utilities is revising its fines for wasted water, both private and commercial. The department is structuring this new program more along the lines of the state's traffic violation program, which uses both fines and mandatory classes to get the message across.

Even fish like salmon, which depend on local rivers for their breeding ground, are in for a tough swim. A spokesman for state fisheries says that the salmon population is dangerously under-stocked. Only by protecting the waterways can they survive.

Learn from landscape professionals, they know which native plants do best in their natural settings. Using these and drought resistant plantings can create a low maintenance yard that can give more weather protection. You can have a beautiful yard and reduce maintenance costs.

Learn more about lawn irrigation and you will probably be able to come up with a plan for a custom watering system. It could mean more efficient water use and less work for you. Installing pop-up water heads and weeper lines are two ways to make watering more efficient.

If you are looking for wasted water around the house, a good place to take stock is the bathroom. If you think your toilet may be leaking the two most common causes are the float level being too high - allowing water to run out of the overflow pipe and the flapper seal. You can check the flapper by turning the water valve off for a few hours and then checking to see if the tank is still full. Either of these faults can generate a big increase in water down the drain.

Tankless water heaters are recommended for energy savings and the convenience of back-to-back hot showers. From a value standpoint they can also be considered an asset, since lenders are increasingly writing energy-efficiency mortgages, giving more favorable terms for homes that take advantage of Energy Star ratings. Tankless models installed with a re-circulating unit can cut back on water use as well.

Choosing a tankless hot water heater can be easy with the right measurements. Find more information on choosing the right size tankless water heater for your needs.

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