Saving water is vital to cut costs in your home and preserve a valuable natural resource. To get started, check out these tips to conserve water during the summer.
Cover the Pool
To conserve water during the summer, cover your backyard pool to minimize evaporation. As a bonus, installing a pool cover boosts safety, helps keep the pool warm, and keeps the water cleaner.
Conserve Water This Summer by Taking Shorter Showers
Shortening your showers by just a few minutes conserves gallons of water. To save even more, invest in a low-flow showerhead. Set a timer and pay attention to how long you are in the shower, then reduce that time by a minute or two. You’ll save water every day.
Don’t Wash the Car at Home
To conserve water, bring your vehicle to a car wash. Believe it or not, automated car washes use up to ten times less water than when you wash your car at home with the garden hose.
Use the Dishwasher to Conserve Water This Summer
It is a common belief that you save water by hand washing your dishes, but the opposite is true. To reduce your water usage, only run the dishwasher when it’s full. If you only have a few dishes and wash them by hand, don’t run the tap the entire time.
Check For Leaks
Plumbing leaks are not always obvious, so if you’re trying to save water, check your appliances, sinks, and toilets for signs of leaks.
Use a Broom to Clean the Driveway
Instead of spraying them down with the garden hose, use a broom or leaf blower to clean the driveway and walkways.
Turn the Sink Off to Conserve Water this Summer
Get into the habit of turning the water off after wetting your toothbrush. You aren’t using the water while brushing your teeth, so there’s no need for the sink to be on. Similarly, turn off the tap when shaving or washing your hands. Use the water to dampen your skin and turn it off until you need to rinse.
Do Full Loads of Laundry
Only use your washing machine when you have a full load. Doing one large load uses less water than multiple smaller cycles. Before throwing something (like jeans or pajamas) in the wash, consider whether it needs to be cleaned or if you can wear the item one more time.
Water Plants in the Morning
To conserve water during the summer, water the lawn, plants, and garden in the early morning hours. Early-morning watering allows the moisture to absorb into the soil before the sun gets hot enough to burn it off.