Water is one of our most precious resources. But during the summer, we use more of it than we may realize. That’s why it’s important to run through a water usage checklist at the beginning of the summer. Here are some items that you should go over before the summer goes into full swing.
Water Conservation Ideas
- Check all the pipes in your home to make sure there isn’t a leak. A good way to find out if you have a leak is to read your water meter. Read it before and after a two-hour period when you’re not using any water. If the meter does not read the same way as it did the first time, you probably have a leak.
- If you discover you do have a leak somewhere, make sure you repair it as soon as possible.
- If you prefer washing your car yourself, use a hose with a shut-off nozzle.
- If you can afford it, consider replacing your tank water heater with a tankless one. Tankless water heaters are much more efficient, sending you hot water as soon as you turn on the tap.
- Make sure your dishwasher is completely full before running it. This reduces the amount of times you might have to run your dishwasher.
- Water your lawn on a timer, and make sure to comply with your local municipality’s watering restrictions.
- Turn the tap off while you brush your teeth.
- Keep your grass 2-4 inches long. Grass that’s left taller retains moisture better than grass that is cut short. But once it gets too long, it requires much more water. So keep it trimmed!
It’s good to be mindful whenever you’re using water. Finding creative ways to conserve helps maintain the sustainability of this vital resource. Limiting your water usage can also help cut your water bill, saving you money. For more ways to conserve water and other resources, check out this article 100+ Ways to Conserve.