Monitoring the use of water is quintessential for various reasons. This is especially true during summer, where water bans are enforced and droughts are present. The following tips will help you minimize the amount of waste water you produce and effectively decrease your water bill.
- Make sure the water is all the way off when finished.
- Make sure you don't have water leakage (sinks, pipes, toilets).
- Only wash full loads of clothes.
- Be sure to use the right amount of water based on load size
- Insulate pipes. This helps water warm faster.
Go to the car wash instead of washing your car at home.
- Car washes use water more efficiently
- Use the dishwasher instead of hand washing because hand washing dishes uses more water.
- Only use the dishwasher when it is full.
When you do hand wash dishes, do not leave the water running.
- Use one basin for soapy water and the other for rinsing water.
- Instead of running tap water until it gets cold enough for you to drink, store a bottle or pitcher of water in the fridge.
Resist using the garbage disposal.
- The garbage disposal uses running water. Gallons of running water.
- Make sure the toilet isn't still running after use.
- Don't use the toilet as a trashcan. Each flush uses about 5 to 7 gallons of water. Don't waste a flush on a tissue you blew your nose in.
- If you put a bottle full of rocks or water in the top of the toilet it will decrease the amount of water used when flushing.
- Turn off water when brushing your teeth and shaving.
- Take shorter showers.
Get a water-saving shower head.
- There are a lot of different shower heads that can assist you in combating water waste.
Refrain from taking baths.
- The average tub takes 30 gallons to fill
- Plant drought resistant plants.
Use mulch for your garden.
- Mulch slows evaporation helping to retain moisture and also feters weed growth.
- Weeds steal water from the plants you want watered.
Don't water in the heat of day.
- Water early in the morning or the evening when your plants can retain water more efficiently
- Use a broom to clean your driveway instead of the water hose.
- Collect rain water for your garden and plants.
Use a pool instead of sprinklers for summer fun.
- Sprinklers run water consistently whereas a pool only uses the water necessary to fill it.
Cut your grass on the highest setting on your lawnmower.
- This allows the grass to hold moisture better and shades roots.
You can see a significant change in your water waste by following just a few of these tips. Not to mention a dip in your utility bill. These practices will benefit you this summer and the seasons following that.