Although the eastern parts of Texas get a lot of rain (over 60 inches per year), the Texas Hill Country averages just under 33 inches annually. Conserving water is a part of life here, but it’s also a small part of living a green lifestyle — and it’s not as hard as you’d think. Here are just a few simple things you can do to help water conservation efforts.
Start inside your home
The easiest ways to save water inside your home are reducing and replacing.
- Reduce the amount of hot water used by taking short showers instead of baths.
- Use less water by washing fewer, larger loads of dishes and laundry.
- Replace older toilets with new, more energy efficient ones (save up to five gallons of water per flush).
- Repair leaking faucets — they can lose an average of 10 gallons of water a day!
Use your green thumb
Did you know that nearly 60% of your household’s water footprint goes toward lawn and garden maintenance? You can lower that percentage by:
- Collecting rainwater or recycling water from your fish tank to water plants.
- Watering your lawn in the early morning hours (before the sun gets too hot).
- Planting dry-climate trees and flowers that need less water.
- Installing Xeriscape landscaping instead of a traditional lawn.
Go green from the ground up
As a Green Certified Builder, it’s our mission to build homes that are “green” from the foundation to the roof. We build custom homes with energy efficient, environmentally sustainable materials and technologies.
Check out just some some of the green building technologies we use to make your custom home greener while keeping your maintenance and utility bills low.