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Four Steps to Drought-Proof Your Home

By Renovate Your World
3/5/2014 10:16:09 AM

Climate change consequences can seem speculative when your wants are met and resources are abundant. But for those living in drought-gripped states, the evils of greenhouse gasses and large carbon footprints are impossible to ignore.

Backyard pools and 10-minute showers are obviously out. But before you don your ceremonial garb and head outside to do a rain dance, follow these four steps to drought-proof your home. Not only will they help you get through the lean days, you'll be helping prevent future shortages in your city or town.

Installing a WaterSense aerator will curb water usage from your faucets.

WaterSense Products

WaterSense has been around for nearly a decade, helping homeowners cut back on water consumption through low-flow toilets, faucets, appliances and other fixtures. Products that carry the WaterSense label require less water to function. A single WaterSense-certified toilet may not make a huge difference, but a household filled with certified products can spell significant water savings.

Such is the power of the WaterSense movement that it has helped save 487 billion gallons of water since its launch in 2006. That's $8.9 billion saved, and a carbon dioxide reduction of 24 million metric tons. Good for the planet? We think so.

If you're thinking about investing in WaterSense products and fixtures for your home, be sure to look into available rebates in your state. You can also check with your local water provider for additional information on potential breaks and rebates.

You can save a little extra on plumber's fees by installing your WaterSense products yourself. Here's how to:

Install a Showerhead

Replace a Faucet

Replace a Toilet

Curb Usage

Of course the easiest way to reduce water consumption in the home is to do just that: reduce water consumption. We are all guilty at times of lingering in the shower, running the faucet while brushing our teeth and over-rinsing a newly-washing car.

Habits can be hard to break, so consider leaving sticky notes in places to remind you to:

Stop showering for so long. Set your phone or portable mp3 player to play a 3-minute pop song while you're in the shower. When the song ends, so does your shower.

For more drought-proofing tips, read the full article on Renovate Your World.

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