The summer season is when most people spend their time taking a dip in the pool and watering their lawn to keep it green during the heat. Due to the hot and dry weather conditions, it’s also when most people increase their water usage. If you want to reduce your water usage in the summer, here are a few steps you can take.
Check for Leaks to Reduce Your Water Usage
Test your toilets for leaks by adding a few drops of food coloring into the tank. Food dye that appears in the bowl is a sign that the toilet is leaking, which can waste an average of 100 gallons of water daily.
Fixing leaky faucets will also help you to reduce your water usage. You can even install faucet aerators to avoid wasting water.
Take Shorter Showers
Most people take longer showers than they need, which can add up to over 1,500 gallons of wasted water annually. Use a timer to see how long your showers are and then try to reduce them by 3-5 minutes. If your whole household does this, you can save quite a bit of water over the year! Those who want to conserve even more can place buckets in the shower to gather the water the falls, which can be used for watering plants.
You can also install a low-flow showerhead, which cuts water use in half and can also reduce the energy used to heat the water.
Water During Off-Peak Hours
Many people waste a significant amount of money by watering their lawn and plants at the wrong times of the day. Make it a point to program your sprinklers to run in the early morning hours, which will prevent a lot of the water from evaporating in the hot sun. There are also drip irrigation systems available, which deliver water directly to the roots and can avoid using more water than is needed to help your yard thrive during the summer season.
Watering the lawn with a hose instead of sprinklers is also a way to reduce your water usage and is considered to be more efficient.
Avoid Hand Washing Your Dishes
Washing the dishes by hand uses more water than a standard dishwasher. Only run full loads and set the dishwasher to a low setting after rinsing food from the dishes. With the simple change that is made, you can save an average of 2,860 gallons of water during the year.
Use a Pool Cover
Use a pool cover to reduce your water usage and prevent water from evaporating throughout the day. Purchase a solar pool cover, which reflects UV rays and can save 50 percent of the water that is typically wasted on a weekly basis. Pools are known to use a significant amount of water, but steps can be taken to avoid using more water than necessary. Avoid overfilling the water in the pool and lower the temperature to prevent evaporation. Keeping the filter clean to avoid backwashing is an additional step to take, which uses 250 to 1,000 gallons of water.
Conserving more water throughout the summer season will allow you to have peace of mind and reduce your carbon footprint as you remain conscious of your consumption. With these few simple steps, you can enjoy spending time at home while also saving more money on your water bill each month.
Spotlight Home Inspections provides home inspection services for the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including irrigation system inspections. Reduce your water usage this summer by making sure your drip irrigation system is operating properly. Contact us to schedule this service.