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There are many reasons why people of every age and socioeconomic status should avoid wasting water and conserve it instead. The most popular reason is the concern that overuse may eventually cause a shortage that will impact future generations. When someone wastes water, it generally results in a loss of gallons at a time, and that can be costly for the environment and one's water and energy budgets. To avoid this, families will need to learn about water conservation and how they can develop lifestyle changes that lead to the reduction of water waste.
Water conservation is the act of preventing or reducing the waste of water. Water waste is an unfortunate occurrence that most everyone is guilty of in some way or at some time in their lives. It generally occurs as people go about their routine, daily tasks and happens whether one is at home, work, school, or some other location. Water conservation often involves simple changes that allow everyone in the family to make a difference and use less water.
- Home Improvement Ideas for Conservation: Drought and water waste are important concerns for many. People who visit this Texas Watershed Steward page of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension have access to a list of links to federal organizations and agencies, sites on water quality and monitoring, data sources, and water conservation.
- Drought Planning and Management in Alabama: People who live in Alabama can learn about its drought planning and management process when they click on this link to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.
- Water Conservation: Related Links: Residents of the city of Brantford can find water conservation links for the whole family by clicking on this link.
- WaterOne Kidzone: Kids will love visiting the WaterOne Kidzone for water-related facts, games and activities, and videos, all of which are as educational as they are fun.
- Water and Sewer Resources: Most homeowners want to conserve water, but some may not know the best practices to do so. Calvert County, Maryland, has a helpful list of resources that feature information that can help teach individuals and their families how to best conserve water.
- Water Conservation Information: The Sonoma County, California, website has a list of water conservation tips for residents.
- Look it Up: What's in Our Watershed: The information on this page is meant to help people understand what a watershed is and what is in the Moses Lake, Washington, watershed.
- Kids' Pollution Prevention and Conservation Tips: This is an informative and fun site that helps kids learn about pollution and conservation.
- Home Improvement and Behavioral Tips for Water Conservation: On this page, site visitors will find facts and tips on water conservation.
- Water Conservation in the Home: Repair Drips and Other Tips: These water conservation tips are for faucets and washing machines.
Saving Energy and Water
Behavioral changes that can help conserve water include turning off the faucets while brushing one's teeth and taking shorter showers. People who normally wash half-loads of dishes or clothing should only run their dishwasher or washing machine when they have full loads to clean. Outdoors, people who normally water their lawns in the middle of the day or allow sprinklers to over-water should only do their watering in the morning or evening hours when it is cooler and the sun is not at its highest point. To avoid over-watering, set the sprinklers on timers so that they turn off and do not run all day or all evening. In the event of rain or on windy days, skip watering altogether.
Home improvements and repairs are just as important as changing one's habits. Homeowners should repair dripping faucets or any other plumbing leaks in or around the home. Replace old toilets with low-flow toilets that use less water to flush. In the shower, replace shower heads with ones that are water-saving, and install water aerators on faucets around the house. Outdoors, one can replace their old lawn with a drought-resistant one or with succulents and other drought-resistant plants. In gardens, install a drip irrigation system that waters the roots directly. One can also conserve water by collecting runoff from the roof, which can be used to water outdoor plants. In the house, keep water that is used for boiling pasta or eggs and use it to water indoor plants.
- Real Estate and Lender Links: People who are house-shopping can find links for both real estate and lenders by clicking on this link.
- New Homeowner? Here's What You Need to Know About the Potential Need for Home Repair: When shopping for a home, most people don't consider that their new home may require some repairs.
- Love it or List it: Are You Ready for Home Improvements? Homeowners who want to make changes to their current or new house must also be ready for the associated costs.
- Nokomis East Neighborhood Association Resources: Click this link to visit the resources page of the Nokomis East website, which is filled with government, parks, churches, schools, and other information.
- Odd Home Improvement and Maintenance Tasks Landlords Often Forget: Landlords are responsible for ensuring that rented homes are safe for occupancy, but certain tasks are often forgotten and go undone.
- The Best Option to Reduce Home Repair Costs: Surface vs. French Drains: The cost of repairing drains can be expensive, which is why one must get the right type of drain for their home or business property.
- Home Improvement Through NRP: An Analysis of the Distribution of Funds for Single-Family Home Improvement Projects: By visiting this site, visitors can get information about this publication and download the full report.
- What's Hidden in Your Bathroom? Remodeling Job Reveals History: Remodeling projects can reveal things about one's house or business that are unexpected and interesting.
- Home Improvement Programs: Learn about the low-interest and deferred-payment loans for home improvements offered by the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- A Home Energy Primer: Conservation, Efficiency, and Solar: The best way to save energy is to have a plan and stick with it. On this page, people will find strategies that can help reduce energy waste and increase their energy efficiency.
- HUD: Home Improvements: Click this link to find information on community-based programs and federal loan programs.
- Home Improvement: C57BL/6J Mice Given More Naturalistic Nesting Materials Build Better Nests: This is an article that looks at how the type of materials given to mice to build their nests affects their quality.
- Home Improvements for Current Homeowners: Stanford University features this page on home improvement projects for staff housing.
- Texas ADA Home Remodeling (Home Modifications): Get contact and general information about Texas ADA home remodeling by clicking on this link.
- UC Riverside Extension Home Improvement Courses: Students interested in personal enrichment and home improvement courses will find the available classes at UCR when they click on this link.
- Home-Buyer and Homeowner Resources: The resources on this page include home improvement lending programs and mortgage foreclosure prevention information.
- University of Denver Housing Facilities Improvements: Students, parents, and alumni can read about green improvements made to housing including Energy Star certification, the addition of motion-sensing lights, bottle-filling stations, environmentally friendly carpeting, insulated windows in certain areas, and the installation of efficient shower heads and aerators for faucets.
- Community Development: Residents of Monroe County can learn about the community development programs that are offered here.
- Home Repair Scams: Scams are a serious concern for homeowners who are in the process of making repairs to their property. Attorney General Josh Stein has listed several tips on his website to help consumers ask the right questions and know what to look for so they may avoid falling victim to scammers.
- Green Home Improvement Scholarship: High school students who are preparing for college are often on the lookout for scholarships and scholarship information. This page outlines who is eligible and the requirements as well as the scholarship amount and deadline.