Current Moon Phase

Waning Crescent
19% of full

Farmers Almanac
The 2014 Farmers Almanac
Farmers' Almanac

15 Easy Water Saving Tips

In some areas of the country, drought conditions are something people have to deal with on a daily basis. Whether your area of the country is dealing with drought conditions or you just want to use water more wisely, check out these Wise Water Ways.

Indoors:

1 Icemaker working over time? Don’t throw dropped ice cubes away. Put them in a plant or pet water instead.

2 Save water and time by washing your face or brushing your teeth while taking a shower.

3 Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Try composting instead. You’ll save gallons of water.

4 Test your shower! If it fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead with a water-efficient model.

5 Verify that your home is leak-free. To do this, check your water meter (if you have one). Read the water meter before and after a two-hour period when you know that no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.

6 Insulate your water pipes. You’ll get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.

7 If you have to have a water-softening system, save water and salt by running the minimum amount of regenerations necessary to maintain water softness. Turn softeners off while on vacation.

8 Check your pump. If you have a well at your home, listen to see if the pump kicks on and off while the water is not in use. If it does, you have a leak.

Outdoors:

9 Avoid over-fertilizing your lawn. The application of fertilizers increases the need for water. Apply fertilizers which contain slow-release, water-insoluble forms of nitrogen.

10 Use mulch to retain moisture in the soil and keep weeds away. In addition to being a pain, weeds compete with your plants for water.

11 Plant native and/or drought-tolerant grasses, ground covers, shrubs, and trees. These plants are used to the average weather conditions and adjust better.

12 Skip watering on days following 1/2 inch or more of rain.

13 Don’t leave sprinklers or hoses unattended. Garden hoses can pour out 600 gallons or more in only a few hours. Use a kitchen timer to remind yourself to turn off the sprinkler.

14 Water sparingly and during the coolest times of the day (in the evening and early morning).

15 Best tip indoors or out: Think twice before letting water continuously run or dumping unused water down the drain. Little things make a big difference.

If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1910, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.