As droughts continue to plague California, fresh water is becoming more precious and water bills are on the rise. Less water to irrigate farmland means possible spikes in food prices. Rivers and reservoirs are shrinking, impacting our ability to enjoy water-based activities like fishing or boating.
By conserving water in your home, you can reduce pressure on our water supply and save money on your bills and at the market, all while preserving your favorite recreation spots. When you reduce your hot water usage, you’ll even save money on your energy bill.
GreenPoint Rated allocates an average of 15 percent of its points to Water Conservation. The top point-earning measures in this category include:
- Landscape: Use resource-efficient, native plants and minimize your lawn area. Put in a low-flow drip irrigation system, add mulch to your planting beds, and compost your yard trimmings. Make use of rainwater or greywater.
- Plumbing: Insulate your hot water pipes and use low-flow toilets, faucets, and showerheads. Check for water leaks, and repair them promptly.
- Appliances: Use an Energy Star washing machine and dishwasher with a low Water Factor.