The holiday season is here, which welcomes friends and family to visit from out of town. Not only should we take into consideration the additional amount of food needed for our guests, but also the amount of extra water they will use.
The holiday season is the perfect time to give your houseguests a present – provide them with the education of water conservation. Show off your at-home water conservation practices, both indoors and out, and really make them say “H2-OH”!
Ensure your plumbing fixtures are equipped with water-conserving devices. Faucets can account for up to 15 percent of indoor household water use. Install a faucet aerator to help reduce the amount of water wasted from your tap. Showers account for nearly 17 percent of residential indoor water use, which correlates to approximately 40 gallons a day for the average family. Interested in upgrading your old inefficient shower head? Bring in your inefficient shower head to the Frisco Public Works Department, and we’ll trade it in for a new water efficient shower head (one per household while supplies last).
Let your houseguests know that this is a water conservation home and that you are conscious of the water use. Demonstrate these H2-OH habits and only use water when necessary.
- Turn off the tap when brushing teeth or shaving.
- Limit your time in the shower.
- Run the dishwater when it is fully loaded.
- Wash only full loads of laundry.
- Allow food to thaw overnight in your refrigerator or defrost in your microwave instead of running water to thaw frozen foods.
Remember, these WaterWise tips should not only be incorporated during the holiday season, but also year round. Once your houseguests see the benefits from being water-conscious, they will incorporate these habits in their household, and you will be crowned with “best gift-giver” of the year!