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.