The dwindling drinking water is turning into a global problem, as opposed to something notoriously only happening somewhere in Africa. We can’t expect to start being mindful with water use as a species – the change in mentality comes from an individual, who contributes little, yet serves as a great example. Conserving water doesn’t mean being paranoid about the water problem, it means being reasonable enough to know how to limit the excessive water usage.
Seeing as how smart water use starts at your very own doorstep, here are some great ways to conserve water at home.
Learn when to turn it off
Quite honestly, this shouldn’t even be a thing of debate; turning the faucet off when you’re not using it seems pretty obvious, when you think about it. Unfortunately, we are creatures of habit – the decades of ignorance have led us to take water for granted. However, even if all the world’s drinking water was for us to take (which it isn’t), there simply won’t be enough of it around for us to exploit, before long.
On a more down-to-earth note, here’s what we’re talking about here: turning the faucet/shower off when it’s not in use. For example, there is virtually no reason to keep the faucet running while brushing your teeth – this can take as much as five minutes, which is a whole lot of water spent for no particular reason. The same goes for showers: turning the faucet off while applying soap and scrubbing can save gallons per session!
We could list all kinds of examples that range from washing the dishes, to watering your lawn, but most of us are well-aware of our spending; we’re just too stubborn to change. Well, change! Our planet deserves it.
Install low-flow faucets and showerheads
It may not seem like a big deal, but a low-flow faucet in the kitchen can cut your water spending, let alone a low-flow showerhead! Sure, these do tend to be more expensive than your regular faucets and showerheads, but consider what limiting the water flow entails; yep, less water spent means a curbed water bill!
Jumping from the comfort of a high-pressure to a limited water flow may feel uncomfortable in the beginning, but you won’t even notice it after a while, especially when it comes to faucets.
Check for leaks
If your kitchen or bathroom floor is wet frequently, chances are that you have a leak somewhere that can account for that nasty wet sock feeling, but more importantly, for water wasting. Check all of your appliances, from the shower to the bidet and try limiting yourself to as few of these as possible. For example, there is no need to install an actual bidet – for instance, a reputable Australian bidet company offers bidets as toilet attachments, which are very convenient, spend less water than an actual bidet and save you the trouble and the space.
Low-flow toilets are vital
Your regular toilet might not seem like a water guzzler, but make no mistake about it – on average, the toilet accounts for 28% of water use per home, or as much as 7 gallons per flush! This is a huge deal, and it should not go unchecked, especially owing to the fact that low-flow toilets can be flushed two times and still save you a gallon or two. Even if you don’t care enough about our planet’s underlying water problem, you’ll still end up saving money in the long run!
Conserving water starts at your very own doorstep. There’s a whole lot you can do that can serve the purpose of helping our planet and your pocket, simultaneously! Be conscious about keeping those faucets and showers running when not necessary and opt for low-flow kitchen and bathroom appliances. Oh, and be sure to check for leaks; where there’s a puddle, there’s wasted water.
Just like your main building, your granny flat and outdoor rooms can also be environmentally friendly. All you need to do is use the right materials and be smart about the design, and your home addition will be eco-friendly and beautiful. Here are some great tips you must check out before you start your building.
No matter the materials and efficiency of fixtures, if you have a large addition to your property, you will leave a bigger footprint. A larger outdoor room will require more turf to be destroyed and paved, while a large granny flat will require more materials, stronger cooling and heating and more electricity. Unless you need all that extra space, keep things small and compact.
If you want to ensure minimum energy gets wasted during your granny flat cooling and heating process, your property has to be well insulated. How much insulation you need will greatly depend on your climate, and the proximity of trees and other buildings that might provide shade during the summer and some protection from the wind during winter. In most cases, the R-value ranging from 2.5 to 3.5 for your ceilings is a good choice, both in cold and warm climates. The best way to insulate walls is to use both thermal and acoustic insulation that will make your granny flat a peaceful and pleasant place.
Positioning of the property
Location is one of the most important things if you want to be green. For instance, if you want to reduce energy consumption in the granny flat, you have to have an adequately positioned space. If the building is surrounded by trees, this might mean the interior will be better protected from direct scorching sunlight in the summer. Additionally, when winter comes, naked branches will allow the sunlight to pass all the way to your windows and provide you with extra warmth. You should also think through the position of your outdoor room. If your location is well shaded and protected from the elements, you won’t need much cover to keep the space pleasant all year round.
When building your outdoor room or granny flat, it’s important to use sustainable, repurposed or green materials to make sure your addition has a minimal effect on the environment. Today, there are many green materials you can choose from, so there is practically no excuse. Locally harvested wood can be a good choice since it doesn’t require long transport hours. Additionally, eco-friendly flooring options like sustainable bamboo and cork are also great solutions. When it comes to fabrics, try to opt for carpets made of natural materials like jute, hemp, coir, sisal or wool. Some companies provide completely custom design, so consult with your trusted granny flat builders during the material choosing stage, and they will surely provide you with valuable insight and extra advice.
When equipping your outdoor room or granny flat, your greenest option is to buy recycled or repurposed items. Buying cheap store furniture pieces is not a very green option since these materials usually contain a lot of toxins and waste a lot of energy during their production process. Also, make sure to choose durable materials, especially for your outdoor room that will be exposed to the elements.
Green walls and partitions
If you want to boost “the green” in your granny flat or outdoor room, you might want to invest in some extra greenery. Green walls and partitions will offer you an opportunity to have a lot of plants in your property, even if you lack the square footage. Additionally, green walls offer great shade, provide clean air and extra thermal and acoustic insulation. And, as a cherry on top, they look amazing both indoors and outdoors.
Your granny flat and outdoor room can be very energy-efficient as long as you provide them with Energy Star appliances and proper lighting. For instance, equip the interior with high-quality and efficient fridge and microwave, and concentrate on using LEDs for lighting. These fixtures will look amazing and save you some money along the way. The same goes for water. Install low-flow toilets, showers and faucets that waste a lot less water than your traditional fixtures.
Granny flats or outdoor rooms are a great addition to your home. And if you want to make them green and sustainable, you’ll be doing a lot of good for the planet and future generations.
Despite numerous perks, the problem with the modern world is that it’s closer to extinction that we can realise. By doing lots of things that have a negative impact on our planet, we have jeopardised the future of Mother Earth and everyone living on it, and it’s high time we did something about it. Making a positive change is never easy, but you need to make an example and start with your own personal space before moving onto bigger and better things. Making your home eco-friendly requires quite a lot of time, money and energy, yet you can’t put a price on knowing that you’ve done something good and actually made a considerable difference in your own micro-system. That’s why we all need to turn our houses greener than ever, and here are a few ways to do so.
Reuse, recycle and repurpose
Not that many people know this, but the amount of second-hand materials available to you is extraordinary – just because you’re not using these doesn’t mean they don’t exist. So, if you’re planning to build your own house from scratch, make sure you pack it with second-hand timber, wood, steel and glass. You can also think about using materials made from waste products – newspaper wood, bottle bricks and wine cork panels are just some of the ideas you could look into and make your home greener that way.
Install solar panels
This might be sound a complex and difficult idea at first, but it’s actually one of the most effective ways to elevate the overall sustainability of your house. If you have a spacious roof, be sure to fill it with solar panels that can produce a significant amount of energy and actually power up your kitchen devices or light up your place. Moreover, this is the way to lower your electric bill month after month and actually start saving a huge amount of money you can use for other eco-friendly purposes.
Build a greenhouse
What better way to make your house greener than by building a greenhouse right next to it? If planned, designed and executed properly, your greenhouse can be more beneficial than you’ve ever thought, but be extra careful when doing so this. No matter how handy you are and how small this project seems, you still need to use adequate safety clothing in order to make sure you don’t hurt yourself and endanger your life. Keep in mind that even a small greenhouse has a number of benefits – from making the air around your home much cleaner and more pleasant, to saving you a ton of money on vegetables you would otherwise purchase in a supermarket. This way, your family will always have healthier, more natural and totally safe food in front of them every day of the week, which is quite great in the long run.
Use LED bulbs
This could easily be the oldest trick the book, yet its efficiency and practicality are amazing. Using LED light bulbs instead of regular ones could save you a significant amount of money, but also make your living space healthier and cozier at the same time. The technology of LED bulbs has advanced quite a bit in the past couple of years, and you could easily find a whole range of models that might suit you aesthetically and visually. Finally, these bulbs are among the best ways to show your visitors and guests how eco-friendly and environmentally-aware you are, and that’s always appreciated.
Turn off appliances
This is another popular method of making your home greener and it’s quite easy too! All you need to do is remember to turn off your computer, printer, kettle and oven after you’ve finished using them instead of leaving them on all night long. Some people even unplug their appliances just to be safe, and the amount of money you can save in a year is definitely worth all the extra effort. Therefore, think about this idea and start turning off your appliances as soon as possible.
Turning down your thermostat, installing double-glazed windows, furnishing with recycled furniture, using eco-friendly wall paint, as well as adding a few plants here and there are a few additional ways to make your home greener than ever, so try these ideas out and start practising them on a regular basis.
From cooking meals to practising basic hygiene and keeping the house clean, we use plenty of water at home every day. Most of the time, we simply proceed with these tasks without ever thinking about the volume of water being used, but perhaps it would be no harm to pause and consider this first.
This infographic from Nature’s Water looks at the different ways in which you can easily cut down on water consumption in your home. For example, wait until your washing machine or dishwasher is almost full before turning it on, as these use the same amount of water irrespective of being full or nearly empty. When brushing your teeth or shaving, don’t leave the tap flowing the whole time. For showering, buy a low-flow showerhead that will use far less water without compromising on performance.
Indeed, if you have the finances to do so, it may be worth upgrading some of your household appliances, as newer models are often far more efficient than old appliances. For instance, an old dishwasher would typically use 16 gallons of water in one cycle, whereas a modern, energy-efficient version might use no more than 5 or 6 gallons.
Find out more about saving water at home in the infographic below.
London’s alarming levels of pollution are always a big topic of conversation. However, though the city's outdoors gets plenty of flack in the news, new research has discover that indoor air pollution in London could be a much bigger concern. To get a understand the levels of air pollution better, Dyson asked four volunteers across London to conduct some studies. They asked them to measure dust particles – an important measure of pollution – as well as carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the places they visit on a daily basis.
The highest carbon dioxide (CO2) reading, 2284ppm, was recorded inside a packed train at Baker Street Station, almost five times the threshold for normal CO2 levels.
Bromley recorded a worryingly high at-home reading of 1172pm – the highest at-home reading throughout the course of the study.
Exposure to high levels of indoor air pollution can lead to health problems including asthma, respiratory irritation, heart disease, cancer and sick building syndrome.
It's a well-known fact that good insulation is a key factor in having an energy efficient house, while it also saves a lot of money on heating bills. However, not many people know that the majority if commercial insulation is something nobody would like to breathe in every single day. It is believed that the chemical insulation, which can be found in most households, can lead to asthma, cancer and various other problems. So before you start buying eco-friendly kitchen appliances and installing solar panels let's see what you can do for your insulation.
1. Nanogel insulation
This is insulation of the future. It is a super-porous silicon foam that is actually 99% air. It's light but very insulating and strong at the same time. The secret is in its tiny spores that provide excellent insulation. Another great thing about it is that it's transparent, which means you can use it for insulating your windows or get creative and insulate translucent ceilings and walls – the light will get in, but the room temperature will be just as you want it. Regarding the packaging, nanogel is always sealed into fiberglass panels that are safe to work with.
2. Recycled denim (cotton) insulation
This organic insulation is usually made from pieces of denim and other textile plants that left unused, which means it's formaldehyde free. To be more precise, recycled blue jeans have been used for this type of insulation. Sounds cool, right? It can be bought as loose fill or gathered in a batt. As it's basically textile products, it is treated with boric acid and is great as a pest repellent, fire retardant and it's excellent as antifungal means. Boric acid is a good choice, as it isn't remotely toxic as other acids. Cotton insulation is easy to install, and there's no need for you to wear any special clothes during the process. Its performance is as good as if you were using fiberglass, although its acoustic qualities are far superior. The only downside is that it's about twice as expensive as fiberglass, but its longevity can make up for the cost.
3. Sheep wool insulation
For thousands of years, sheep wool has had the reputation of providing excellent insulation. People have been using it for centuries in the process of making garments, so it's weird that this much time had to pass until we started using it for building insulation. The right term for sheep’s wool insulation material is thermafleece. In comparison to engineered types of insulation, thermafleece requires only s small fraction of energy for production. It is also safe to handle and very easy and quick to install. As wool fibers are breathable, the moisture is absorbed and released without the thermal performance being affected at all. When comparing material thickness, its R-value is about 0.6 points higher than of fiberglass. And additional bonus – in case of fire in a home, sheep's wool will contribute to slowing down the fire, as it is not flammable.
4. Living roof insulation
Planting vegetation on your roof, okay this isn't a traditional replacement that can be applied to the whole house but the benefits are worth considering. Using a living roof as insulation will reduce indoor sound even up to 40 decibels. Although this might up your home renovation costs It could also influence indoor temperature during summer, which helps you save up some money on air conditioning. Even though it doesn't help during wet weather, the vegetation on the roof can trap blowing snow. And let's not forget the fact that it protects the whole roof from various weather conditions, prolonging its life expectancy and that it gives a great contribution to the general aesthetics!
Whatever type of insulation you opt for, there will always be advantages and disadvantages, whether it costs more, it needs more time to install or it's a difficult type of insulation to obtain. Nevertheless, if properly chosen, insulation will have huge positive effects on the energy consumption inside the house, your family's health and comfort, which, as you will probably agree, leads to a happy household.
The consequences of global warming have not yet reached the apocalyptic fever pitch many people (and scientists alike) fear. Yet the proof of these stark climate changes has already nudged people into complete energy-efficient overhauls of their households. One of the rooms that needs this green turnover the most is definitely the bathroom. If you are financially ready for such an endeavour, here are some tips on how to make your bathroom eco-friendly.
Think about water
Water consumption is the key element when it comes to making your bathroom green. You can always start off by replacing your old faucets and shower heads with water-efficient ones. They increase aeration, which means the flow of water itself is reduced without compromising pressure and performance. You can even install a faucet that has sensors onto your bathroom sink – this way you will save up a staggering amount of water when it comes to washing hands and teeth. Furthermore, there are some really impeccably designed modern toilets that filter and chemically treat the sink water for reuse.
Do not forget the electricity
The aspect of electricity is fairly easy to solve – eco-friendly lighting has been introduced to our households over time, and it is almost certain you are already using LED lights in other rooms of your home. Believe it or not, LED fixtures use only 10% of the energy compared to their incandescent counterparts. Try to utilise your ceiling for a smaller number of sources of light, as they will be able to cover more space. On the other hand, if you already have wall fixtures, you should do your best to utilise natural lights. If your eco-friendly financing options are flexible, you can redo your windows and build higher ones (so nobody can peek at you) or simply add a skylight – which adds plenty of natural light without sacrificing privacy.
Make it stylish and make it work
Though there is an ongoing debate on which one is more eco-friendly: the bathtub or the shower, you should always opt for an element that meshes with the style of your bathroom. Technically, showers might be greener, but then again, it depends on the length of the shower – some people actually use more water with long showers than they would with a hot soaking bath. Furthermore, nothing spells out class like stylish freestanding bath tubs which are designed to turn your bathroom into a comfortable, small paradise that will easily serve as a second bed after a long day of work. Why would you waste water on a long shower when you can just lie in your bath tub and spend just as much time relaxing without wasting water?
If you are also remodelling your bathroom besides adding new energy-efficient utilities, use sustainable materials. The best thing to do is to use recycled and salvaged materials from a nearby salvage yard or other location to minimise the impact on the environment and preserve the planet’s resources. You can reintegrate old tiles into your design to create an interesting contrast or purchase an already used mirror, a refurbished vanity, etc. These old materials will give you plenty of amazing opportunities to create interesting designs.
Universal design – think about the future
However, if you are not the type of person with a visual creative streak, you can find countless extremely creative universal bathroom ideas online. Universal design is an important aspect of keeping your bathroom eco-friendly. If you create a bathroom for all people and all occasions, there is a higher chance you will not need to do a renovation of your bathroom for a long time – which always bodes well for the environment. Make sure both children and elders can reach the light fixtures and add waist-high railings to the walls. Make sure everything works perfectly and keep the number of your repairman in your cell phone in the case lights start to flicker due to bad wiring.
Such a bathroom remodel is an excellent opportunity to decrease your household’s negative impact on our surroundings. It appears to be such a small step for the environment, but if every person accepted this green frame of thinking, the cascading effect of decreased carbon emissions and energy spending could really help us preserve the entire planet. Today, your bathroom goes green; tomorrow, the world.
Today, humanity is facing one of the biggest challenges that threatens our very existence. It's never been as important as today for all the people of this planet to come together and do something in order to prevent the global warming and the undeniable consequences that are already showing. While the biggest contributors to CO2 emissions are certainly factories and transportation, every individual can help lower it by changing their habits. And in doing so, the biggest polluters are likely to change as well, if for nothing then to get on good terms with their target audience.
Here, we'll take a look at some of the best ways you can go green inside your household without spending a lot of money on it.
Use Smart Power Strips
Electronic vampire is a term for those appliances that waste energy even when turned off. In fact, nearly 25% of all energy that an average household spends is wasted by electronic vampires. This is huge, as this energy isn't used for anything, you're paying for it, and it's damaging our planet. Whether it's a cell phone charger that stays plugged in, or your laptop when it's on standby, or even your TV – these appliances need to be completely unplugged, or you can use smart power strips. With these strips, you'll have the power to turn everything you want with a single button. They are very affordable and you can get them at the nearest store, plus they'll save you a lot of money on your electric bills.
Insulate Your Home
We're also wasting a lot of energy on temperature control and the biggest reason is that most houses aren't insulated properly. You can check all your windows and doors for the draft and insulate them accordingly, or better yet – you can insulate your entire home with recycled materials and go green all the way! Whatever you decide, you'll again be saving quite a lot of money on energy bills while you'll also help reduce the CO2 emissions. And the chances are you'll be spending time in a cozier home than before.
Ditch the Old Bulbs
While LED bulbs are more expensive to buy initially, they can save you up to 130$ during their lifetime. Not only will you be paying less for your lighting, but you also won't need to replace them as often. Most people have no idea just how big of a spender lighting is in an average household. LED light bulbs are perceived to be the biggest energy saver in the upcoming decade, especially when it comes to the residential sector. And the times when you had to adapt to the LED light are gone, as today all sorts of LED lights are manufactured and you can pick the ones that suit you the best.
Forget Organic, Buy From the Farmer's Market
While organic food is great, in most cases you'll be paying more than double for organic products when compared to regular ones. Instead, you can take a walk to the nearest farmer's market and get the products there. Not only did this food travel less distance and thus is ‘greener', but these products are often farmed with organic practices, even if they don't have a label on them. This means you'll get your products cheaper and you'll be supporting local businesses instead of the big boys, which is always good.
Think Before You Buy
One of the best (and least talked about) ways to go green is to actually really think about every purchase that you're going to make. When you're about to buy something, ask yourself if you really need this and for what reasons. Consumerism is one of the largest contributors to global warming and we're so used to wanting stuff that we rarely think about the consequences. This way you'll avoid buying stuff that rubbish removal Sydney will have to move to a landfill in a couple of months, which means you'll both be saving money and helping the planet heal.
Plant a Tree in Your Yard
I don't need to tell you just how much trees are important for cleaning the air, but you may not be aware just how they can be beneficial for your household. By having a couple of trees in your yard you'll protect your house from elements like wind and sun, which means you'll be paying less on air-conditioning. Trees can also increase your property's value and you'll get a cool shade to hang out in the open when the summer arrives.
We've tried to show you that going green doesn't have to be expensive. On the contrary, you can save quite a lot of money all while trying to help the planet. Getting in the right mindset is of utmost importance, however, as everything after that will come with ease. You won't feel like you're sacrificing anything if you're fully aware just how much we're hurting nature by our everyday habits. By following these simple tips you'll be able to go green on a budget – and we guarantee that you'll love it.
You start and end each day in your bathroom and that makes it one of the most important parts of your home. If you’re trying to be more eco-friendly and change your habits so as to help our planet stay healthy, you should know that you can start with your bathroom. We give you a list of useful tips which will help you green up your bathroom.
One of the biggest problems is water usage: people use more water than they actually need due to silly habits. Make sure you turn off the tap while you’re brushing your teeth and try getting water-saving faucets. What is more, you can install aerators on your faucets and shower heads and reduce your water usage. You can also try getting dual flush triggers for your toilet which allows you to choose how much water you need before you flush.
Paper towels may be handy, but the only disposable paper in your bathroom should be the toilet paper. Everything else should be of better quality and reusable: microfiber towels and reusable rags are as good as disposable wipes and much better in the long run because you will be saving money too. Also, it would be good if you started buying shampoos and soaps in bigger packages and use old containers you can re-fill when you run out of a certain product.
Green cleaning products
If you ever stopped to read the label on a cleaning product, you would notice that they use a lot of dangerous chemicals. These are not only bad for your health but they are also bad for the environment. However, you can do something about that. Making your own green cleaning solution is incredibly easy: all you need is white vinegar, lemons, and some baking soda. The mixture is effective and safe to use in your entire home, not just your bathroom.
Let there be light
Another seemingly insignificant change in your bathroom that can make a great difference is swapping your old incandescent light bulbs for something better. If you have a window, use as much natural light as possible and leave the blinds open during the day. You can also try pairing electronic ballasts with fluorescent lighting because these are the most efficient, but if this light is too strong for your vanity, there are other halogen options available.
People buy towels and other bath linens made of regular cotton because these tend to be a bit cheaper, but there are many good sides to organic cotton you should consider. These products require less pesticides and toxins in their production, making them ‘greener’ from the start, and the difference in price is compensated by the incredible softness of the linens. They are also gentler which makes them great for people with sensitive skin too.
Eco-friendly beauty products
It’s easy to forget that there are ingredients in our own personal care products that aren’t environmentally friendly. You can start reading the labels on products you’re using and try finding a ‘greener’ option for some of them: natural deodorant, organic coconut oil as makeup remover, activated charcoal instead of whitening toothpaste… These are less famous but much healthier products for both you and the planet.
Learn which materials are the best ‘green’ options for your bathrooms: avoid PVC curtains but buy vanities made of more durable materials. Wall-hung bathroom vanities in Sydney are popular in small bathrooms, as these allow you to store boxes with cleaning supplies underneath, and if you pick one made of moisture-resistant material, you’ll be able to use it for years to come without having to replace it due to water damage.
Changing your habits isn’t always easy, especially if you’re used to doing things a certain way or using a particular product. On the other hand, even the smallest changes can go a long way in saving the planet. They also make us feel more alive and remind us that just because we are used to something, it doesn’t mean it’s the right way.
Earth kind interior design goes beyond just the materials we choose for our homes. A true green approach is led by low impact production and sustainable, environmentally sound solutions that continue to conserve the world around us. And it’s important to consider the link between eco-friendly interior design concepts with architecture, renewable energy, renewable technologies and more.
From the different ways to power our houses – such as ground source heat pumps or the growth of offshore wind farms – to the choices we make with household waste management, there’s a lot to think about when it comes to designing a green living space. Here are some green design tips to consider for the eco-friendly home:
Work with Natural Sunlight
There is nothing healthier or more beautiful than natural light in the home, and utilising this free source of light will help to reduce your household’s impact on resources. If large windows and the application of glass walls, doors and ceilings hasn’t been considered in the build stage, you can draw in more light with the placement of mirrors and reflective surfaces.
Choose Chemical Free Wall Coverings
For your walls, choose environmentally friendly paint that does not emit harmful chemicals into the atmosphere. Natural alternatives to paint include recycled wallpaper, wood panels, cork or ceramic tiles. These options can often be more expensive but when maintained with the right care, they can last for many years to come.
Know Your Wood
Naturally, replacing all plastics with an organic material like wood may seem like an obvious choice when it comes to furniture. But even when it comes to shopping for wood, there are different levels of sustainability to think about. There’s ‘good wood’ and ‘bad wood’ alike.
Opt for wood from sustainably harvested forests, sustainably harvested tree farms or go for reclaimed wooden furniture.
Upcycle Unwanted Furniture
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure – and that is the art of upcycled furniture. This interior design concept gives new life to unwanted, unused materials. Reducing the problem of waste in landfills and fighting the cycle of demand and production within the mass manufacturing industry.
There are a variety of materials that can be upcycled, including wooden objects, metal or fabric. And you won’t have to search far to find your resources. Old curtains can be re-designed into cushion covers, old wooden crates can be fashioned as storage units, and an old pair of ladders can be transformed into a bookshelf.
Design a Water Wise Home
Indoor plants are a great way of purifying the air and creating a happy, healthy environment for the whole family. But when it comes to indoor and outdoor landscaping, it’s important to build a water wise topography, to help reduce overall household water usage. Choose plants that can tolerate drought and for your garden, select plants that attract wildlife and help to create a safe habitat. A drip-irrigation system should also be used outdoors.