19 Sep Seven Steps to Reducing Water Usage During Summer
American water usage is significantly higher in the spring and summer months. Our water usage peaks during March, but remains high through August. There are several factors that lead to the increase in water usage:
- We are watering our lawns and landscapes.
- We are more inclined to wash our cars at home in warmer weather.
- We are home from school and using more water during the day than we would if we were at work or school.
- We are showering more frequently.
- We are cooking out and washing dishes more often.
- We are playing in water: swimming pools, sprinklers, slip and slides, etc.
We want to help you conserve water and save money this summer. Below are seven effective ways to reduce your water usage:
1) Effective Landscape Management
Landscape management is one of the primary reasons water usage increases during spring and summer. Watering your lawn and garden will inevitably lead to increased water usage; however, there are a few steps you can take toward maintaining a well-manicured lawn, while still conserving water:
- Water your lawn during the morning or evening. Your lawn will absorb the most moisture when the day is cool; therefore, you reduce your water usage by only watering your lawn either between 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM, or between 5:00 and 8:00 PM.
- Consider landscaping with plants native to Raleigh and Central, North Carolina. Native plants are accustomed to our climate and less likely to require frequent watering.
- When you mow your lawn, leave your grass two to three inches high. Higher grass is more likely to soak up rain and sprinkler water.
- Spreading mulch is a great way to help the soil around your plants soak and retain water.
2) Use the Car Wash
As the weather warms, we are more likely to wash our cars at home. However, washing your car at home uses three times as much water as a car wash.
3) Take Shorter Showers
When the weather is hot and humid, we tend to take showers more often. Reducing the length of showers by two or three minutes can save several gallons of water per shower. For a family of four, it could mean reducing overall water usage by 250 gallons per month.
4) Use the Dishwasher
When school is not in session, and families are together during the day, we cook and wash dishes more often. Rather than washing dishes by hand, fill and run the dishwasher to reduce your water usage.
5) Find and Address Leaks
Leaking pipes and faucets account for millions of gallons of wasted water ever year. A single dripping faucet can waste as much as 3,000 gallons of water in a year. A running toilet can waste an astounding 7,000 gallons of water in a month. Regardless of the season, it is important to identify leaks and have them repaired immediately.
6) Install Water-Efficient Fixtures and Appliances
As water-efficient technology continues to improve, homeowners could reduce water usage by as much as 30 to 50 percent annually by installing low-flow fixtures and appliances. Water-efficient fixtures and appliances are capable of meeting the demands of families and will likely become mandatory in the not-so-distant future.
7) Other Water-Reducing Measures:
- Only do laundry when your washing machine is full.
- Turn off the faucet when you’re brushing your teeth.
- Wash fruits and vegetables in a bowl of water, rather than under running water.
- Install a rain barrel for collecting rainwater to irrigate your yard.
If you are interested in further steps you can take to conserve water and save money, contact a professional plumber. We would be happy to help you take action to reduce your water consumption during the summer months.