Conserving water should be a priority 12 months out of the year. But over the summer (when we all naturally use more water) keeping conservation top of mind is that much more important.
Conserving Water this Summer
1. Water your lawn in the morning or at night.
When it comes time to water your lawn, make sure you’re not turning your sprinklers on at 1 in the afternoon. To conserve water, water your lawn at sunrise or sunset. Because the sun is weaker at these times, the water you’re using on your lawn won’t evaporate as quickly.
2. Use the dishwasher.
We have good news for whoever is in charge of post-dinner dishes — your dishwasher actually uses less water than hand washing! So long as your dishwasher is full when you run it, you could be saving several gallons of water each night.
3. Repair leaks the moment you see them.
We get it — everyone who passes a small leak thinks “I’ll get to that tomorrow.” Unfortunately, most homeowners don’t address leaks until weeks, sometimes months after they’re first spotted. Not only does this leave your home susceptible to water damage and mold, but you’re also wasting more water than you realize.
4. Install low-flow models.
Are you thinking of renovating your home this summer? If you’re tackling the bathroom, now is the perfect time to invest in low-flow models. While they may be more expensive up-front, they pay off in the long run by conserving water and saving you money on your monthly bill. Washing machines, dishwashers, and shower heads also come in low-flow or energy-efficient options.
5. Take showers instead of baths.
Whether you spent the day at the pool or outside in the hot sun, it’s easy to see why people bathe more often in the summer. But before you fill up the bathtub, know that showers (especially low-flow showerheads) require less water than a bath.