During the summer when there are hotter days and less rain, water consumption soars. This not only creates an environmental impact, but it also causes water bills to increase. Fortunately, there are several ways you can preserve water to help minimize both of those things. One of the main things to keep in mind is being aware of when you use water, so you can only use what you need and avoid being wasteful.
Below are some tips on how you can save more water this summer:
- Check and repair leaks. One of the major causes behind increased water bills is leaks. Leaky faucets or pipes waste a lot of water, and what appears to be only drip can add up very quickly. Make sure that there are no leaky pipes in your home.
- Wash full loads of laundry. If you are constantly washing only a few pieces of clothing at a time, you will be wasting a lot of water. Combine your linens with your clothes or wait until you have full loads before you do laundry, so you minimize your water use.
- Take short showers. Instead of taking long baths, take a quick shower instead. Showering uses significantly less water than taking a bath, especially if you keep them short.
- Water your plants during the cooler parts of the day. If your water your plants in the middle of the day when the sun is the hottest, the water will easily evaporate, and you will have to use more water in order to keep them watered enough. Try to water your plants early in the morning or in the evening, so the water will sink in more thoroughly, and your plants will have a chance to drink it before it’s gone.
- Use water-efficient appliances. If you have old appliances that need to be replaced, when you choose new appliances, look for those that guarantee less water usage and higher efficiency.
- Utilize rain water for things like washing your car and watering your plants. Though rain may be scarce in the summer, take advantage of it when it is there and store the extra water by using rain barrels that will collect it.
- Scrape leftover food off your plates before you wash them. This will allow you to use less water when washing your plates.