Summertime means more fun in the sun, but it also means a sharp increase in water usage. Finding small ways to save water can add up over time and make a big difference! Use these four simple steps to start conserving water.
Be smart with sprinklers. Did you know that over 50 percent of residential irrigation water can go to waste due to evaporation, runoff, and over-watering? Avoid watering your lawn during the hottest times of the day (early morning or late evening are best). Especially windy days should be avoided too. And, of course, there’s no need to water the grass when it has rained recently.
Carefully clean your car. A traditional, at-home car wash can waste 100 gallons of water (or more!). Instead of drenching your vehicle with a constantly-running hose, fill a bucket with soap and water and use that to clean your car. Many commercial car washes use recycled water, so that is also a great option.
Keep the pool covered. Are you lucky enough to have a backyard pool? After a day of fun in the water, it’s important to cover the pool (and keep it covered whenever it’s not in use). Uncovered pools tend to lose a lot of water to evaporation, which means a lot more water is needed to refill the pool.
Invest in a rain barrel. Put those famous summer thunderstorms to good use! Collecting rainwater in a rain barrel is a win-win situation: the environment benefits from less storm water runoff full of pollution and trash, and you as a homeowner can save money! After collecting the rainwater, you can repurpose it for your yard and landscaping.