Outdoor Tips

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  • Driveway
    Sweep up savingsUse a broom not your hose. It will save 80 gallons of water every time. Read more
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  • Tree
    Water widerRoot tips need water; the base of the tree doesn't. Water around the drip line, located directly under the circumference of the tree. Read more
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  • Landscape
    Conserving water is beautifulLess grass and more shrubs, wildflowers, and rocks saves water (and money). Try xeriscaping to save even more. Read more
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  • Swimming pool
    Cover meIf you're not using it, covering pools saves water, reduces heating costs and prevents injury. Read more
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  • Pet
    Good, clean conservationBathe your pets outdoors in an area in need of water. Read more
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  • Kids
    Conservation funLet them run through the sprinklers in an area where your lawn needs it the most.
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  • Shrubs
    Mulch moreOrganic mulch around plants reduces evaporation. Use a drip system to save even more water. Read more
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  • Rain gutter
    Aim to conserveDirect downspouts and other runoff towards shrubs and trees. Read more
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  • Automobiles
    Park on the grassWash cars on the lawn or at a commercial car wash that recycles water. Read more
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  • Sprinklers
    No wet cementAdjust sprinklers so they don't spray sidewalks and driveways. Read more
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  • Hose nozzle
    Slow the flow, literallyUse when washing your car. Shutting off the hose when not using it can save more than 100 gallons. Read more
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  • Lawn
    Evaporation mitigationWater only in the early morning or evening when it's cooler. Read more
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  • Watering can
    Perfect for potsUse one to water potted plants or small areas. Watering with a hose wastes water. Read more
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  • Empty tuna can
    See where you're sprinklingSet cans out to catch and measure the water output of your sprinklers. Aim for of an inch. Read more
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  • Vegetable garden
    It's hip to dripUse drip systems and soaker hoses in flower and vegetable gardens. Read more
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  • Moisture sensor
    Water smarterComes with an in-ground probe that turns on the sprinklers only when needed. Saves a ton of water and money. Read more
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  • Faucet
    Don't dripCheck for leaks and fix them. Read more
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  • Fertilizer
    Makes lawns thirstyApplying the minimum amount needed will reduce water consumption. Read more
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  • Mower
    A cut aboveAdjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. Longer grass shades root systems and holds soil moisture better. Read more
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  • Screwdriver
    A new twist on saving waterA great tool to test the soil for moisture. If the screwdriver goes easily into the ground, don't water. Read more
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  • Dead plant
    Stop water tortureMore plants die from over-watering than from under-watering. Only water plants when necessary. Read more
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  • Weeds
    Moisture moochersUgly, and they rob water from other plants. Dig them out. Read more
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