When the temperature rises, so does water usage. And that means a larger impact on areas that are already struggling with drought conditions, not to mention the impact on your wallet, regardless of where you live. Using water efficiently is important throughout the year, but sometimes the timing of water use can make a big difference for community water supplies and your water bill.
In most cases, there are easy fixes you can make to be more water efficient. Here are 8 you can incorporate into your daily habits immediately.
1. Turn off the faucet
Did you know that you waste a good four gallons of water every time you leave the faucet running while you’re brushing your teeth? This one easy change can make a big difference in your water usage and conservation efforts.
2. Check the toilets
It may not seem like much, but those drips can add up to gallons faster than you think. To check if you have a silent toilet leak, place food coloring in your toilet tank and wait to see if the color makes it into the bowl. If you see color seeping in, you know it’s time to fix it.
3. Set a timer
Have kids (or spouses) that take impossibly long showers? Even cutting back on a couple a week can dramatically curb your water usage. Shave off two minutes to save as much as 1,750 gallons of water per person a year! Set a 10-minute timer on a waterproof shower clock so your water-wasting offender can see how much time they have left to rinse, lather, and repeat.
4. Use the dishwasher
Here’s a surprising fact: You actually use far more water hand washing dishes than if you run the dishwasher. This is especially true if you have an Energy Star dishwasher, which requires an average of four gallons of water per load, compared with the 24 gallons it takes to do them in the sink.
5. Check your sprinklers
Malfunctioning sprinklers could be costing you money and wasting water. Sprinkler heads that don’t properly deliver an even spray could cause parts of your lawn to die. If the heads don’t lower properly, they can be damaged or broken easily. You may also be overwatering. Volume quickly adds up when you’re irrigating a large property. Not everything needs to be watered daily. Trees, shrubs, and turf can all be watered less frequently for massive water savings.
6. Water in the morning or at night
Letting your sprinklers go during the hottest time of the day minimizes the benefit of watering. When the sun is high, water evaporates quickly, so it’s best to sprinkle when it’s more likely to stay in the soil. And please water the actual yard, not your sidewalk or driveway.
Source: Realty Times