Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Advice from Owlie - Water-Saving Gardener

Advice from Owlie


Q: Dear Owlie, 
After reading your column on weather-based "smart" irrigation controllers, I have since installed one and noticed a decrease in my water use.  Now, I'm looking for more water-saving tips to use outdoors.  Do you have any tips I can use to continue saving water outdoors?
Sincerely, 
                                                     Water-Saving Gardener

A: Dear Water-Saving Gardener
I am glad to hear you've installed a weather-based "smart" irrigation controller.  The irrigation controller should help you reduce your monthly water use significantly.  But, if you are still looking for outdoor tips, I suggest avoiding over fertilizing your lawn, as it can increase your water consumption.  Also, aerate your lawn periodically, which allows water to better reach the roots and use a broom or blower to clean leaves from the driveway.  All of these tips can help you save water outdoors.  For more water-saving tips, visit www.ieua.org.

Best of luck in reducing your outdoor water use, 
Owlie

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Advice from Owlie - Water Conserving Host

Advice from Owlie


Q: Dear Owlie, 
I am hosting a rather large party at my home, but I am worried about wasting too much water.  I've been using several of your water-saving tips and would not want my hard work to go to waste.  What can I do to be a good host, while still maintaining my low water use goals?
Sincerely, 
                                                      Water Conserving Host

A: Dear Water Conserving Host
Thank you for working hard to save water.  Parties are not only fun, but can be a great opportunity to use and share water-saving tips with your guests.  Water-saving party tips include serving water only when requested by guests, using compostable plates, cups and utensils and serving food from pots and pans instead of a serving dish, which can help reduce how many dishes need to be washed.  These tips can help you be a great host, while meeting your low water use goals.  To learn more indoor water-saving tips, visit www.ieua.org

Good luck with saving water while hosting your party, 
Owlie

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Advice from Owlie - Water Preserving Bather

Advice from Owlie


Q: Dear Owlie, 
Since we are in a drought, I have reduced the amount of time I spend in the shower.  Although I've reduced the time, I still feel as if I'm wasting water.  What shower tips do you have to help me continue saving water while showering?
Sincerely, 
Water Preserving Bather

A: Dear Water Preserving Bather
I am glad you have shortened your showers to cut back your water use.  There are plenty of water-saving shower tips to use, but I have a few recommendations.  Some tips include: as you wait for the shower water to heat up, place a bucket in the shower to collect the cold water and reuse it, and install water-saving showerheads that use 2.5 gallons per minute, which can save you thousands of gallons per month.  These tips can help you save water even while showering.  For more water-saving tips, visit www.ieua.org.

Good luck with your water-saving showers, 
Owlie

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Advice from Owlie - Water Conscious Homeowner

Advice from Owlie


Q: Dear Owlie, 
Since my family has been using some of your indoor and outdoor water-saving tips, we have saved a significant amount of water.  Although we have been using these tips, we have noticed a lack of water-saving tips for the kitchen.  What are some water-saving tips that can be used in kitchens?
Sincerely, 
                                                     Water Conscious Homeowner

A: Dear Water Conscious Homeowner
Thank you for using my water-saving tips and continuing to find ways to save water.  There are many water-saving tips you can use for the kitchen.  Some tips to use include watering house plants with water used to rinse fruits and vegetables and scraping food from plates into the trash, instead of a garbage disposal.  These water-saving kitchen tips can help you reach your water-saving goals.  Learn more water-saving tips at www.ieua.org.

Good luck with saving water in your kitchen activities, 
Owlie

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Advice from Owlie

Advice from Owlie

Q: Dear Owlie, 
I replaced some of my landscape with water-wise, California native plants, but due to my budget, I had to keep a portion of my lawn.  Although I'm keeping some of my lawn, I would still like to use less water on my landscape overall.  What tips can I use on my lawn to help me save water?
Sincerely, 
                                                     Water-Wise Landscaper

A: Dear Water-Wise Landscaper
Thank you for your interest in water-saving solutions for your lawn.  The water-wise, California native plants you've planted will surely help you save water on your landscape.  Since you have to keep some of your lawn, one of the best things you can do to save water is to raise your lawnmower blades to 3" or more.  This height encourages grass roots to grow deeper and stronger, which can save you 16-50 gallons per day.  To learn more water-saving tips, visit www.ieua.org.

Best of luck to you and your water-saving landscape, 
Owlie

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Advice from Owlie

Advice from Owlie

Q: Dear Owlie, 
After reading your column, I have used several of your indoor water-saving tips, but I'm still looking for more to use in the bathroom, since decreasing my water use has become a way of life.  What are some additional water-saving tips for bathrooms I can use to continue my water savings?
Sincerely, 
                                                     Water-Saving Enthusiast

A: Dear Water-Saving Enthusiast
I am glad to hear you have been using my indoor water-saving tips.  Some bathroom water-saving tips include turning off the shower while shampooing, rinsing with water from a glass after brushing teeth and turning off the faucet while shaving, which alone can save you 10 gallons per person/day.  All of these small tips can add up to more water savings.  Find more indoor water-saving tips at www.ieua.org.

Good luck to you and your water-saving efforts, 
Owlie

Monday, August 15, 2016

Advice from Owlie

Advice from Owlie

Q: Dear Owlie, 
As the summer heats up, I'm worried that I'm not watering my landscape efficiently.  The soil around my trees and plants is alarmingly dry, but since we are in a drought, I do not want to use more water.  What can I do to ensure the water for my landscape is being used efficiently?   
Sincerely, 
                                                     Efficient Water-User 

A: Dear Efficient Water-User
Thank you for looking for ways to water your landscape efficiently.  The summer brings with it higher rates of evaporation, but mulch can help conserve your soil's moisture.  Use organic mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation, improve the soil and prevent weeds.  This can save you 20-30 gallons per 1,000 sq. ft. each time you water.  Also, try installing drip irrigation, which directly applies water to the roots of shrubs and trees.  Learn more outdoor watering tips at www.ieua.org.  

Good luck with using water for your landscape more efficiently, 
Owlie