Many people are looking for new ways to cut down on their energy and water wastage to combat the rising costs of utilities and bills; from aerated tap fixtures to dual flush toilets, there are plenty of great ways to prevent money flushing away inside the home. But what about outside the home? Well, in this article we’re going to be looking at some fresh, fantastic ideas to help you reduce water wastage and save those extra pennies when out and about in your garden.
In some climates, around 75% of a home’s water usage during the summer is outdoors, so by finding an efficient way to give your lawn and plants what they need; you could be cutting this number down significantly.
- If you use a dehumidifier, the water collected in the compartment at the bottom can be poured into your watering can and used to water plants and lawns.
- Instead of cleaning your driveway or garden flags with a hose or powerful jet wash, do it the old fashioned way. With a bucket of water, a little added chemical cleaner, a hard bristled brush and a little elbow grease, you can scrub any area clean and simple rinse afterwards. This eliminates the need for wasteful hosepipe usage.
- Summer months can bring that surprise ‘tropical’ rainfall; by adding rain barrels to your garden you can collect the falling rainwater and repurpose it for watering plants.
- Some plants are drought resistant and can survive a long time without needing a constant supply of water after their ‘establishment phase’. Source some pretty plants for your flower bed to create a yard that looks great and helps cut back on those utility bills!
- When you do need to water your yard, use timers and a water gauge to monitor exactly how much water your need to use, a lawn only needs around an inch a week, and when Mother Nature does the job for you, you’ll know your grass is fully hydrated.
- When you water flower beds by hand, most of that water on the surface can evaporate. A soaker hose or a drip irrigation system can help keep your plants healthy, while cutting down on water waste.
- Use fresh malt and compost in your plant beds each year, these can help keep the moisture in the soil and reduce water loss because of evaporation an run-off.
Making some habit changes in the garden can help reduce your water usage massively, start today and just see how much money and water you can save!
This peace was written on behalf of Bathshop321 Bathroom Furniture by home renovation and eco alternatives writer, Daniel Travis Brown. For more handy advice find Dan on Twitter @DanTravisBrown
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