It’s very easy to lose track of how much water we’re using during the summer. The hot weather can force us to use more water than normal to care for our lawns. We may have a swimming pool, which will require bucket loads of water to maintain. Our kids are probably out of school for the summer and home much of the day, which can cause our water usage to spike. Whatever the reason, summertime can be a difficult time to conserve water, even though it’s the time we need to do it the most.
Summer Water Saving Tips
There are several things you can do around your house to save water this summer. Most involve simple adjustments to your normal way of doing things. Here are a few of the best tips for saving water this summer:
- Go to a car wash. When we wash our cars at home, we often waste water. Commercial car washes are designed to use less water when washing a car. Not only will you be saving water if you go to a car wash instead of washing your car at home, but you will also be able to sit back and relax while someone else washes your car for you.
- Use your dishwasher. Like the car washing issue, when we wash the dishes by hand, we often use more water than we would if we cleaned the dishes in our dishwasher. This is because dishwashers are designed to conserve water as they clean the dishes, which allows them to wash the dishes while using less water than we do when we wash them ourselves.
- Target your sprinklers. Make sure that the water from your sprinklers is staying on your lawn. In some cases, sprinklers can be positioned poorly and some of the water they produce can be wasted on your house, driveway, or sidewalk.
- Water your yard early in the morning or late in the evening. When you water your yard while the sun is out, the heat from the sun can cause the water to evaporate before it can help your lawn. Watering your yard before the sun is up or after it has set will allow more of the water to stay in the soil, which helps make sure your yard gets the water it needs to stay alive and grow.
- Keep your pool covered. If you have a swimming pool, keep it covered when you’re not using it. If it’s uncovered, the sun’s rays can cause some of the water in the pool to evaporate, which leads to you having to use more water to keep it full.
- Take short showers. Shortening your showers by just a few minutes can save several gallons of water.
- Only wash full loads of laundry. When you use a washing machine to clean your clothes and linens, you use quite a bit of water. One of the best ways to waste less water when you do laundry is to consolidate your loads. That will ensure that you always wash a full load of clothes and use your washing machine less often, which will save water.
- Check for leaks in your plumbing. Even a small leak in your plumbing can waste gallons and gallons of water over time. Key areas you should check include your toilets, tubs/showers, washing machines, indoor and outdoor faucets, and dishwasher. Also, check your AC unit’s outdoor condenser. Unfortunately, many leaks can be difficult to find. Many professional plumbing services provide leak detection services that can pinpoint hard-to-find leaks in your plumbing.
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