Doing your part to save water and monitor water usage is good for the environment, preserves energy, and reduces your monthly expenses. Use these helpful tips to be mindful of your water consumption and conserve water during summer.
Conserve Water This Summer by Turning Off the Faucet
For many people, it’s a habit to leave the water running as they brush their teeth or shave, but even letting the water run for a minute is wasteful. Try to develop a habit of turning off the faucet in the bathroom when you don’t need it.
Take a Shorter Shower
Shorten your shower by a few minutes each day to conserve hundreds of gallons of water in the long term. Save more water by using a low-flow showerhead. You’ll find they are available at most hardware stores, and installing a new showerhead is an easy DIY project.
Conserve Water This Summer by Watering in the Morning
Water the lawn or garden in the morning to allow the water time to sink into the soil before it evaporates. Apply water close to the base of each plant instead of spraying the leaves.
Cover the Pool When It’s Not in Use
Covering the backyard pool is an easy way to conserve water during the summer. A pool cover keeps water from evaporating, meaning you’ll have to fill it less frequently. The cover also keeps leaves and debris out of your pool and the water warmer.
Don’t Hand Wash Dishes
You can save water by running your dishwasher instead of washing dishes by hand. However, wait until you have a full load of dishes before using the machine. If you hand wash dishes, fill your sink with water to soap them instead of continuously running the faucet.
Go to the Car Wash to Conserve Water This Summer
Take your car to the automated car wash instead of doing it yourself. It may not seem like it, but you save a lot of water by not using the garden hose to clean your car. An automated car wash is designed to conserve water, but allowing the hose to run while soaping your car wastes gallons of water.
Don’t Let Kids Play With the Hose
When you have kids, conserving water during the summer can be difficult. Instead of letting them run through the sprinkler or play with the garden hose, fill a small plastic children’s pool with water for them to cool off on hot summer days.