The state of California is in a dire water emergency. Drought conditions mean that we all need to start thinking about ways that we can do our part to conserve water. Governor Jerry Brown has asked that everyone look for ways that we can reduce water usage by just 20%.
Here at Green Girl Maid Service, we aim to help the earth as much as we can. But we know how hard it is to make changes in your busy routine. That’s why we’ve put together this list of simple things you can do to do your part and conserve water.
1. Give your yard a makeover.
One of the most effective ways to save water is to make some serious changes in your yard and flower bed. Water agencies all over California are offering cash incentives to homeowners to replace their grass with other native options that require less water to maintain. Why not make a day of it and give your yard a makeover?
2. Soak pots and pans instead of leaving the water running.
Instead of scrubbing when dinner is over, soak your skillets, pots, pans, and even plates! When you go back later to do the dishes, you’ll be amazed by what an easy job it is, as well as by how little water is required. Less work for you, and less work for water. Win-win!
3. Mulch trees and plants to keep water from evaporating.
Mulch is an inexpensive and easy way to conserve water. It keeps water from evaporating during the heat of the day, and keeps the soil cool. The water you do use for your plants will go a lot further.
4. Let your water multi-task.
When you rinse your veggies, boil eggs, or boil pasta, don’t let the water go down the drain. Instead, let it pour into a pan or bowl and use it to water your plants.
5. Skip the serving dish.
When you serve dinner, skip the bowls, platters, and other serving dishes and serve from the cookware instead. Employ your kids, friends, and family to look for other ways you can reduce the number of dishes during each meal. You can even make it a contest and keep a tally each night at dinner to see how few dishes you can use.
6. Don’t waste that dropped ice!
If you drop ice on the floor, toss it in one of your plants instead of in the sink. They’ll be grateful for the drink and that’s a little less water you’ll have to use to water them later.
7. Using a dishwasher usually uses less water than washing by hand.
If you have a dishwasher, use it. Soak dishes beforehand (instead of scrubbing), then load. You’ll conserve water and make your life a little easier in the process.
8. Use a broom.
Use a broom to clean your deck or patio rather than using a hose, power washer, or water sprayer. You can get most everything clean, and if you need to, you can spot-clean with a sponge to get tough areas.
Use these tips, and you’ll be reducing your water usage by 20% in no time. That wasn’t so hard now, was it?