Even if you’re not living in one of the many drought-stricken areas of the country, saving water is a smart and responsible thing to do. Not only will it save you and your family some extra cash to enjoy this summer but it’s never a bad thing to try to conserve a natural resource. Water usage in the summer months spikes for various reasons and typically rainfall is considerably lower. These two things combined mean that your conservation efforts are helping to keep everyone’s costs down by keeping the supply higher. So here are some great tips to show you how you can reduce your water usage this summer.
Stand Up For Your Shower
A typical bath can use up to 50 gallons of water whereas a shower only uses about 20 gallons. You can further cut into that usage by installing what is called a low-flow showerhead. These low-flow showerheads can reduce the usage down to just 10 gallons of water.
Fix leaky faucets
I’m sure at some point in your life you’ve had a leaky faucet that drips. Not only is this annoying but it also can waste an astonishing amount of water. Depending on the speed of the drip these leaks can waste up to 2700 gallons of water in a year if you assume the leak is dripping once per second. So call a plumber or head to your local hardware store to buy a leak repair kit to fix it yourself.
Update your toilet
Perhaps not as shocking as a leaky faucet but your toilet is the single most water consuming item in your home. Older toilets use roughly 5-7 gallons of water per flush. Consider replacing an older toilet with one of the newer, more efficient toilets that only use about 1.7 gallons per flush.
Load Up Your Laundry
Your washing machine is another item in the home that typically uses a lot of water. Make sure you always have a full load before running the washing machine. However, if you must do smaller loads then always be sure to adjust the water fill levels to match the load size. Additionally, try to avoid using the permanent press settings as they typically use more water during the rinsing cycle than other settings.
Take Care in the Kitchen
The kitchen is another area where most people typically use a lot of water. There are several things to avoid when using water in the kitchen. Don’t rinse veggies under running water, try filling a bowl with water and wash them there. In the same vein, always use the counter or the refrigerator to thaw frozen foods and do not run the foods under running hot water. Instead of boiling veggies in a bowl of water, consider buying a steamer for use in the microwave or a stove top steamer that requires little water. These methods can save 5-10 gallons of water each day.