Five Easy Ways to Conserve Water in Your Home

Whether you live in drought-stricken regions like California or not, it's important to conserve water when possible, and effectively use the water you need. But using water wisely is actually a lot easier than you might think, and it doesn't have to change your daily habits much. If you're trying to find some easy ways you can conserve water, take a look at these five ideas:

1. Adjust your water pressure

When the water pressure throughout your home is more than 60 pounds per square inch, it's actually high enough to damage your plumbing. Plus, it's just not necessary. Your local water authority can tell you how high your pressure is, and if necessary, you can install a pressure-reducing valve that will conserve a great deal of water every time you use a faucet in your home.

2. Fix leaks

Is your kitchen faucet dripping every now and then? Or perhaps there's always a small pool of water under your outdoor spigot? Leaky faucets, toilets and other plumbing fixtures can waste gallons upon gallons of water each day, so it's important to get them repaired.

3. Switch to low-flow fixtures

If you have old faucets or shower heads, replace them with low-flow versions. You'll save water and see a decrease in your water bill!

4. Run full loads

Any time you're using your dishwasher or doing the laundry, wait to run the machine until you have a full load. If you must run smaller loads, change the water settings on your machines to account for it.

5. Rethink your watering

Automated sprinkler systems are convenient, but they can waste a lot of water. Consider watering your gardens and lawn manually so you don't overwater after heavy rainfall. If you want, attach a timer to your sprinkler - you can set it up manually and it will turn off automatically after a few minutes.