Easy Ways to Conserve Water This Summer in Weld County

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Water can be comparable to gasoline. It used to be cheap and plentiful, but with droughts now more common, water is now in limited supply and is also more expensive.

The hot months of summer may cause you to use more water than any other time of the year. From taking more showers to watering the lawn or filling the swimming pool, there are a lot of areas where we use more water during the summer months. Do your part and help conserve one of the world’s most vital resources. Here are a few tips to reduce water usage this summer.

Check for leaks

If you have undetected leaks around the house, you’re actually wasting 30-500 gallons of water a day. Check for leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring into your toilet tank. You’ll know there’s a leak if the water shows up in the bowl.

Call the plumber to inspect your pipes and address the problem. Also dispose cottons swabs, diaper wipes and facial tissues in the trash can. Do not flush them down the toilet.

Use a glass when brushing

You may not realize it, but if you keep the faucet turned on while brushing your teeth, you’re wasting about 4 gallons of water. That can easily translate to 3,000 gallons of water in a year.

Make it a habit to fill a glass with water when brushing your teeth. You’ll realize that it’s just enough to rinse your mouth and clean your toothbrush.

Time your water sprinkler

Of course, you want your lawn to look like the best one on the block. But in order to achieve that, you’ll need to run your sprinklers more than necessary. Good news is, you can still have a great-looking lawn without wasting too much water. All you need to do is to set the time on your system. Also, make sure they’re not sprinkling the sidewalk, driveway, street or the house. Target water exactly where you want it.

Cover the pool

If you’re fortunate enough to have a swimming pool in the backyard, be sure to cover it. This will not only keep the water from getting dirty, it also prevents evaporation. Remember, water evaporates quickly when the sun is high.

How to Clean Your BBQ Grill

As we move into summer, many of us are firing up our BBQ grill almost every day of the week. However, some people tend to forget that our BBQ grills are also in need of consistent cleaning and maintenance.

Let’s face it. No one wants to clean a BBQ grill. But an outdoor grill that is kept constantly clean will ensure that the food tastes great and is bound to keep you cooking for a good long time.

Cleaning your BBQ grill should not be treated as a difficult chore. In fact, it only takes a few minutes to clean it. Here’s how.

Steam clean

You have probably heard people say that the best time to clean the grill is while it’s warm. However, that also mean that you’ll need to clean it just a few minutes after cooking; thus, keeping your from enjoying barbecue with family and friends.

Here’s a trick that would allow you to spend as much time as you want with your family and still having an easy time cleaning up later. Once your grill has cooled down a bit, get your brush and clean off remaining food particles. Then, get a metal baking tray or an old pie tin and fill it with water. Turn on the boiler, close the lid and let the water boil. This will keep everything soft until you get the chance to actually clean it.

Use onion

Clean your grill without the use of chemicals by rubbing a halved onion against the grate of the grill. This will loosen up baked on grit and grime and basically get it all out of the grill. But before you do that, it is best to turn on the burners for a few minutes to loosen up any food residues clinging to the grill and make cleaning a lot easier.

Use vinegar

You can also use vinegar to clean your grill. To get started, combine 2 cups of water with 2 cups of vinegar and place it in a spray bottle. Spray the solution on the racks of the grill and leave it for about 10 minutes. Now, refill the spray bottle with pure vinegar. Get a cloth or a piece of aluminum foil, spray it with vinegar and use it to scrub the grill.