During the summer months, many of us throughout the country deal with dry weather and drought conditions. One of the main problems that make this worse is people wasting water. If everybody would try saving water at home each summer, this would not only help the environment, you can also reduce your utility bills each month. Let’s take a look at some simple tips for saving water at home during the summer.
Do Your Watering in the Early Hours of the Day
With water evaporating quicker when the hot sun is beating down, the best time to water your lawn is during the early morning hours. If you can get your sprinkler going by 7 or 8 in the morning, the water will have a chance to sink into the soil before the hot sun evaporates it. By watering in the morning, you will use less water all summer long. If you have an installed irrigation system designed to reduce water usage, you may qualify for rebates.
If you have a lot of green grass in your yard, you might want to think about replacing some of it with drought-tolerant landscaping that requires less water. Installing mulch, gravel, and succulent plants all helps with saving water at home. You can create a more interesting yard by incorporating these elements into your landscape, and you can cut down your water usage exponentially.
Repair Leaks in Your Home
Think about the various drips and leaks that you might currently have in your home. A kitchen faucet that drips occasionally can add up to a few extra dollars each month on your water bill. Your toilet tank might be leaking hundreds of gallons of water each day. A few dollars invested in a new flapper valve can fix this issue easily. Inspect all the plumbing in your home for leaks, and address them yourself or call a plumber to fix them.
Be Mindful When Showering
Did you know that two minutes in the shower consumes approximately 1,750 gallons of water? Think of all the money you would save if you shortened your shower each morning by just two minutes. If you have a shower that takes a long time to warm up, try collecting that water to care for your houseplants rather than watching it go down the drain each day. You can also make some changes to your bathroom to save on water. Upgrade to water-efficient faucets, showerheads, and toilets. If you have the money to upgrade your appliances you can save a lot of money by getting an ENERGY STAR® washing machine and dishwasher.
Saving Water at Home During the Summer is Easy
Saving water at home is a habit everyone should practice. Not only do you save money, but conserving water helps the environment. During your next meal together, talk to your family members about how you can be more efficient with your water use. The changes you will need to make are simple and will pay off when you see your water bill.