Six Ways to Cut Usage and Conserve Water at Home in the Summer
The weather is unpredictable, yet dryness and drought often happen in Colorado during the summer months. Taking actions to conserve water at home in the summer allows you to do your part for the environment. Here are six tips to help you cut water usage and save money on your water bill.
1. Water Your Lawn at the Right Time
Avoid watering your lawn when the sun is out because the water evaporates faster and you’ll have to use more water to be effective. Water early in the morning for the best results. Skip watering for a week or two if it has rained recently, and remember that you don’t need to completely saturate your lawn for efficient watering. The average homeowner uses 30 percent more water than needed to keep their grass healthy. You can also consider replacing some grass with drought-tolerant plants or a rock garden to cut the need to water completely.
2. Faster Showers
It’s tempting to take a long shower, but reducing your time spent in the shower down by only two minutes can cut your home’s water use by over 1,700 gallons per person. Consider turning the water off while you soap up. A more efficient option is to replace your showerhead and faucets with low-flow efficiency models to cut your home’s water use by thousands of gallons every year.
3. Use the Dishwasher
You might think running a dishwasher takes more water than hand washing, but it doesn’t, so one simple way to conserve water at home in the summer is to use the dishwasher. An energy-star rated dishwasher can use as little as three gallons per load. Only run the appliance when it’s full to save water and cut your electric bill at the same time.
4. Cover your pool
If you’re lucky enough to have a pool, use a cover on it when you’re not swimming to reduce evaporation of the water in the pool. This way your pool is good to go when you’re ready to escape the heat and cool off in the pool.
5. Save Rainwater
Re-use rainwater for tasks such as watering your lawn, cleaning your driveway, or watering plants in your garden. The ideal option is to purchase a rain barrel, but even placing several buckets outside during a rainy period can help conserve water at home in the summer.
6. Check for leaks
That little drip from your faucet or a small leak in your toilet can use hundreds of gallons of water every year. Check in and around your plumbing including the bathroom and kitchen sinks and your toilet. A simple way to check for leaks in the toilet is to put a few drops of dye or food coloring in the toilet tank. If the water in the bowl turns that color, there’s a leak somewhere. It could be as simple as needing to replace the flapper to eliminate the leak.
Every little bit counts when it comes to finding ways to conserve water at home in the summer. Do your part and implement as many of these practices as you can.
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