About 70 percent of the water used in a typical Pasadena household is for outdoor irrigation. Remember that simple changes in outdoor water use can make a big difference to the environment and save you money during the summer! Also consider making energy smart choices to help reduce power needs.
Outdoor water waste checklist:
1. Check sprinkler systems for leaks, overspray and broken sprinkler heads. Make repairs promptly and save up to 500 gallons per month.
2. Use a broom not a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks. Save up to 150 gallons each time.
3. Irrigate your lawn and garden in the early morning or evening to reduce evaporation. Save up to 25 gallons every time you do.
4. Consider replacing thirsty turf lawn with a vibrant, drought-tolerant landscape. Save hundreds of gallons a year.
5. Visit the H2O Academy online at www.PWPWeb.com for conservation tips, free workshops, rebates and water-related news.
Energy use checklist:
1. Turn off the air conditioner when away from home. Open screened windows at night to allow natural cooling.
2. Replace burned out light bulbs with energy-efficient fluorescent or LED light bulbs to cut energy use for lighting by up to 75 percent.
3. Turn water heater control valve to "pilot" when away from home for a week or more.
4. Schedule annual air conditioner service. Make sure A/C is in peak performance to extend its life and save money.
5. Installing weather stripping to close air leak gaps around windows and doors.