Homeowners' Residential Water Use
Water use often peaks during the hot summer months when the heat index goes up and no one is home. Pools, spas, and landscape irrigation continue to utilize water. How can you reduce water use when you are not home? Look at tips geared for part-time residents.
Indoor water use is easily recognized and is an easy place to increase water efficiency. Request a free copy of the Self-Audit Guide & Kit to investigate for leaks in your home, which can account for up to 14% of your indoor water use! This guide is also a good way to audit your household’s water use to see if there are places where reductions can be made. Scottsdale also offers plumbing rebates for low-flow toilets, low-flow showerheads, and hot water recirculators to help reduce indoor water use.
Outdoor water use is a lot more complicated but holds the most potential for increased efficiency. On average, up to 70% of household water use in the Valley is outdoors. Outdoor water use goes to things such as pools, evaporative coolers, and of course landscapes. Landscape water use is the biggest area where efficiency can be increased. To help you, Scottsdale offers free landscape workshops and free publications on topics such as plant selection and proper landscape irrigation. Residents may also be eligible for rebates for removing grass and for installing an irrigation controller.
HELP AT YOUR FINGERGTIPS
- Tips for Water Efficiency
- How to Program Your Irrigation Controller (Timer)
- Smart Irrigation Controllers
- To Overseed or Not for Winter Lawn?
- Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden at Chaparral Park