California is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in recent history. To help conserve water throughout the state, a measure has been put into place that went into effect in January 2014 known as the California retrofitting law. The new law is to help ensure that water conservation is done in homes replacing toilets, sinks, and shower heads with low-flow, water saving devices. Not only will this new measure help to conserve water, but it will also help homeowners save on their water bills each month.
Along with retrofitting your home with water saving appliances, keep these tips in mind to help conserve water throughout this drought.
- Only run the washing machine with a full load.
- Wash dark clothes in cold water to help save water and energy, as well as keep your clothes looking their best longer.
- Only run the dishwasher when it is full.
- Do not run water when washing dishes by hand. Fill one side of the sink basin with wash water, and the other with rinse water.
- Cutback on rinsing dishes before loading the dishwasher if you have a newer model.
- Soak pots and pans instead of scrubbing them under running water.
- Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water.
- Take a 5 minute shower instead of a 10 minute shower.
- Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Turn off the water while washing your hair to save up to 150 gallons a month.
- Only fill the bathtub half way, and plug the tub before starting the water and adjust the temperature while the tub is filling.
- Consider buying a dual-flush toilet that has two different flush options to help use the right amount of water for each flush.
Eastland Escrows encourages you to conserve water in the drought, and to contact us with all of your real estate needs in the Southern California area.