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8 Water-Saving Home Renovations, Part 1

Most of people thinking about new ways to renovate their home. Reasons can be different: saving money, thinking about ecology or just make something cool. Let’s talk about renovation that can help you save money on water expenses. Here is a great article from HomeAdvisor:

Water saving renovations are money saving renovations. Leaky pipes, outdated appliances, and poor irrigation practices hike up your water and energy bills and wreak havoc on your septic system. And, in drought-ridden states, water wasting can be subject to hefty fines and usage audits.

Luckily, many water-saving home renovations are simple and inexpensive. The costlier renovations, like purchasing and installing new appliances, offer long term gains by saving thousands of gallons of water a year.

Whether you’re renovating to fix an existing water problem or looking to save money with increased sustainability, here are eigth of the top water-conserving renovations to consider.

1. Repair Leaking Pipes and Faucets

Hidden leaks in your home can ruin your home’s interior and flood your lawn. One indicator of a leak is an inconsistent water meter reading. Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when water isn’t being used. If the meter reading changes between readings, you probably have a leak. Other signs include:

  • Damp walls
  • Excess mold
  • Noticeable drop in water pressure
  • Cracks in pavement
  • Unusually high water bills

2. Install Sprinklers with Timers or Rain Sensors

Putting sprinklers on a timer can keep your water output consistent and keep you from having to monitor its progress. Unattended hoses and sprinklers can waste hundreds of gallons of water in just a few hours. Set your timer for early in the morning (6am-7 am) so the water won’t evaporate in the sunlight.

Another inexpensive water saving trick is to add rain sensors to your sprinklers. The sensors will tell them to skip an irrigation cycle if there was rainfall.

3. Install a Rain Barrel

Collecting rainwater that your roof or lawn naturally collect can save you a lot of water. Installing a rain barrel is a simple and inexpensive way to reduce your water bill and reduce your ecological footprint.

4. Use a Drip Irrigation System

Better yet, consider drip irrigation to water your lawn. A drip system applies a small amount of water uniformly on your lawn. Another benefit? It improves accuracy that your sprinklers can’t compete with. No more dead grass and brown spots.

by HomeAdvisor. Original article is here

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