Yes, we are in a drought. It is time to buckle down on water consumption. Does this mean your property value is going down? No. In fact, in probably will go up based on limited availability. As the drought moves forward, more people want to hold on and reserve their properties making inventory a bit tighter. This said, there are properties available and at great deals.
If you are living in Walnut Creek, or the greater California area, here are some water conserving tips;
1. Start with the bathroom. Every time you flush, you’re wasting potable water. According to LivingGreen.com, ” Simply adding one or more bricks to the tank, which displaces water, forcing the tank to store less and thus use less with each flush is a great way to conserve water. You can also install a dual flush mechanism, which uses less water when pulled one way and more water when pulled the other way — and you might want to consider adopting the California aphorism “when it’s yellow, let it mellow, if it’s brown, flush it down.”
2. Turn off water when brushing your teeth. Yes, it’s that simple.
3. In the kitchen spring for an energy saving dishwasher. It may be a bit of an unexpected expense right now, but an energy-efficient dishwasher actually uses less water than hand-washing, when used correctly.
4. Stock up on compost for your garden. Well-aged compost (either homemade or store-bought) dug into your garden beds every season helps retain moisture, allow beneficial bacteria to proliferate, and provide nutrients to new plants- which is perfect for keeping your plants alive during a severe drought.
5. Your daily shower isn’t a requirement. Most people feel obligated to take a shower. In times of a drought, cut back to every other day.