Sure, you turn off the lights when you leave the room. You recycle. But are you doing everything possible to be water-wise at home?
Conserving water at home is an important part of living a sustainable lifestyle. Luckily you can live a water-wise life by changing just a few of your daily habits. Remember, saving water will not only help save the environment but will save you money on utility bills as well.
Look for the WaterSense® Label
Toilets, faucets, and appliances … OH MY! Finding the WaterSense label on new water faucets and appliances means that you’ve discovered a water-efficient product! KB homes are equipped with WaterSense labeled faucets, toilets, and showerheads as standard features so you can maximize water efficiency without sacrificing performance.
Get Clean With the Machine
Fully load your washing machine each time you do laundry to avoid water-waste. Make sure you choose the appropriate size, water level and clothing category for each wash.
Use the Dishwasher!
Say what? I always thought dishwashers wasted water! That is until I learned that ENERGY STAR® certified dishwashers use significantly less water than standard models – and come standard in KB homes.
If you’re using the dishwasher, make sure to only run it when it’s fully loaded. Maximize the energy-efficient power of the ENERGY STAR, baby!
Take Showers Instead of Baths
By using a low-flow showerhead, you could save up to 2.5 gallons per minute compared to a regular shower head! A bath uses 35-50 gallons of water, but a quick 10-minute shower with a low-flow faucet head could use only half that amount. Save baths as a luxurious treat when you really need to relax.
Set a timer to remind yourself to take shorter showers. Love singing in the shower? Try this challenge: Finish your shower in less than ONE SONG! Now that’s something to sing praises about!
Turn off the Tap
Whether you’re washing your face or brushing your teeth, if you aren’t using the water, TURN IT OFF! Save gallons by turning off the tap. Shaving? Try plugging the sink drain and filling a small reservoir to rinse the blade instead of running the water continuously.
Recycle Water When You Can
Who likes a cold shower? NOT ME! Unfortunately, water can take some time to heat up, especially during cold mornings. Thankfully, flowers (especially fresh-cut blooms) love cold water. I like to place my garden watering can in the shower stream until the water heats up and then I use the cold water for the flowers around my house!
Landscape Smart With Water-Saving Plants
Drought-tolerant plants have two big benefits. First, you’re saving water and energy. Secondly (and very important for those who are busy/forgetful like me), you don’t have to remember to water them every day. Research low-water native plants and design a landscape that is both beautiful and water-efficient.
Wash Your Car … Or Don’t
Go as long as you can between washes. When you absolutely need a gleaming-clean car, remember the bathroom tip! Use a bucket to gather any cold water before you step into the shower. Mix with an eco-friendly soap instead of just using your hose. Now when you rinse, the water that washes off will be more plant-friendly to hydrate your landscape.
Learn more about KB Home’s commitment to sustainability to help conserve energy and water, while saving you money.