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Conserve this Holiday Season

The holiday season is a time of celebrating and gathering with friends and family over food.  It is also a time to remain conscientious of how we use water. Following are a few tips to make your time enjoyable as you use water wisely. 

  • Add a little extra flavor by substituting chicken or vegetable broth for water in many of your holiday recipes.
  • Wash vegetables and fruits in a container using a vegetable brush, rather than allowing the water to run.
  • Defrost frozen foods in the refrigerator, not under running water.
  • Be sure to drain grease in an enclosed container rather than pour it down the drain or using the garbage disposal.
  • Use your dishwasher only for full loads and if washing by hands, fill the sink to rinse rather than running water continuously.
  • Soak your pots and pans and enjoy your guests.  It’ll make clean-up a breeze later.

Winter Tips

As the cold temperatures drop, make sure you take steps to avoid frozen pipes at your home.  Just a few simple steps of prevention can save tons in repair expenses.

  • Insulate outside pipes or faucets. 
  • Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses.
  • Seal off access doors, air vents and cracks to protect exposed water pipes.
  • Be prepared in case you experience a break by knowing where to shut off your water. This can quickly help minimize damage caused by the break quickly.

2014 Smartscape EMag

Plants that are native or adapted to the North Texas area can not only survive, but thrive in our hot Texas summers and cold timid winters.  Check out our e-magazine, which uniquely highlights a few of the many Texas Smartscape plants for our varied climate. 

Take in this fresh look at plants as you learn their story.  Click to view>>. Visit for more plants, trees, and vines.

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