water conservation in San Diego

Living sustainably is very important to a lot of home buyers in California and throughout the nation. In hopes of weakening their carbon footprint and getting a little closer to Mother Earth, many Americans are taking extra steps to be sure that they’re doing their part. If you are trying to find a few more ways to live a bit more green, here are a few things to consider changing in your routine.

Decrease Waste

Many products that are used on a daily basis come in large packages that just go straight to the garbage. Always look at the packaging before purchasing for its recyclability, which is rated by a figure between one and five. The higher the number the less recyclable it is.

Also, reconsider purchasing one-use items like plastic utensils, plastic razors, pens and other things that can be reusable. Think about purchasing high-quality items that last a long time rather than cheaper items that are quickly disposable.

Conserve Water

In California, conserving water is increasingly important. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has estimated that by 2030 nearly half of all people in the world will live in areas of high water stress. Consider ways to reuse water in your home, like the water used to wash fruits and vegetables and the water that is wasted while waiting for it to heat up. This can be captured, stored and used for things like watering plants on hot, dry days.

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San Diego Residents Dramatically Reduce Water Usage

The San Diego County Water Authority reported February 19 that water usage by residents declined by 28 percent in January compared to the same month last year. The reduced usage added up to a whopping 12,000 acres of saved water, which is enough to serve 24,000 households for an entire year. January was the second-straight month of water conservation and declining usage, with locals using about 29 percent less in December 2014.

“People kept conserving,” said Dana Friehauf, a water resources manager for the water authority. “Agricultural districts, like Valley Center, Rainbow and Fallbrook, saw 50 percent or more reduction in water use.”

While December was a wet month, bringing about 294 percent of normal rainfall helping to reduce sprinkler usage, January saw a drop in precipitation at just 21 percent of its normal rate. These new habits and the fresh saturated soil is going to continue to help keep water usage down throughout San Diego.

“It’s critical that residents and businesses continue to limit their water use, particularly on landscapes, as the weather warms up,” Mark Weston, chair of the water authority’s board of directors, said in a statement. “The more we can cut back now, the better off we will be this summer and fall.”

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