It is officially fall! The weather gets cooler, the trees change color, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. We all love the crisp weather, but do you ever think about changing your water routine for the fall season? Pipes freeze, flowers die and the need for water usage outdoors changes. Whether the fall weather has made its way to your area or if it is still 90 degrees like most of Texas right now, it is never too early to plan ahead to save water this season.
#1: Change your sprinkler schedule. As the weather cools down, your lawn and plants do not need as much water as they did during the summer. It is important to change your sprinkler settings to adjust to colder weather so your water does not freeze and cause icy spots. If you do not know how to change the settings, call your local lawn irrigation company and have them do it for you.
#2: Help your trees. Continue to water wisely without waste in order to maintain your trees and landscape throughout the fall season.
#3: Wrap your pipes. Don’t wait until winter—insulate outdoor pipes and fixtures now to prevent damage from cold weather. Some people let their faucets drip all winter long to avoid freezing and bursting of pipes. This practice wastes a considerable amount of water. According to the American Water Works Association, a slow leak dripping every three seconds can waste as much as three gallons of water per day.
#4: Find the water shut off valve. It is crucial to know where your main water shut-off valve is and how to turn it off if there is ever a problem with water leaks.
#5: Use a bucket in the shower. During the fall and winter months, it may take a little longer than usual for water to heat up in bathrooms. As a result, cold water runs down the drain until it reaches a comfortable temperature for showering. Consider putting a bucket under the faucet to catch the cold water that would normally be wasted and use it in other locations around the house or outside. This practice is not limited to the cooler months—this is also a good habit you and your family should practice year round.
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