Why Should You Conserve Water?
There are many good reasons to conserve water.
Water conservation can help meet future needs and helps preserve the environment. Plus, saving water will save you money. The typical family of four spends $820 per year on water and sewer charges, but costs can be twice that or more in some places because of higher rates or greater lawn watering and other outdoor uses. But that's just part of the cost. American households also spend an average of $230 per year to heat water. By changing appliances like the dishwasher and clothes washer and inefficient fixtures like shower-heads and toilets, a family of four can save as much as $210 per year in water, sewer, and energy costs. Here are some other ways for you to do your part in conserving water - and saving money at the same time!
Choosing Low-water Plants
You are not limited to cacti, succulents or narrow leafed evergreens when selecting plants adapted to low moisture requirements. Many plants growing in humid environments are well adapted to low levels of soil moisture. Numerous plants found growing in coastal or mountainous regions have developed mechanisms for dealing with extremely sandy, excessively well-drained soils, or rocky cold soils in which moisture is limited for months at a time.
Plants adapted to sunny, dry conditions:
Yucca gloriosa, Broom, Yarrow, Nasturtium, California Poppy, Blanket flower, Sedum, Gold Dust (Alyssum), Moss Rose (Portulaca), Juniper, Artemisia, Lavender, Sage, Iris, Thyme, Crocus, and Evening Primrose.
Indigenous plants - plants that occur naturally in the local environment - will likely need less supplemental moisture most years than non-native species. These species have evolved under the local conditions and usually have well. developed mechanisms for surviving extremes in the weather.