Water, the number one way to cool off in the summer. It’s also one of utilities you use the most in the summer. Between watering the lawn, the garden, taking cold showers, filling up the pool, your water bill can get pricey! There’s no need to sweat about it as there are several ways to cool down and save on your summer water bill.
- Shut off that tap! Letting the water run while brushing your teeth, letting the water run to get warm, etc. are ways to let money run down the drain. Turn off that faucet. If you just finished dishes, don’t waste water waiting it to get cold. Fill a pitcher up and keep it in the refrigerator to get it cold.
- Cover that pool! Put that solar cover on your pool. By covering up your pool when not in heat you can conserve water fill-up from 30 to 50%!
- Construct a rain barrel. Conserve the water from your gutters with a rain barrel. This water in turn becomes what you water your garden or flowers with. This is a win-win for everyone. Rain barrels come in a variety of sizes and styles and you can make your own or purchase one.
- Don’t water the lawn. Your grass is hardier than you realize. Conserve water and money by not watering your lawn. If you are in a dessert area, there are rebate programs to convert your lawn to a rock lawn or natural habitat for water conservation. If you must keep your lawn green, be sure to water in the early early morning as the sun isn’t out to evaporate your water.
- Run your dishwasher. Doing the dishes by hand may be quicker, but it can waste more water than waiting to run a full load in the washer. Just be sure the dishes you place are dishwasher safe.
- Do less laundry. Are your clothes dirty, really? Unless you spill something or you got really sweaty and they smell, most of your outfits can go 2 or 3 wearings without having to wash them. Be sure to check the label on the proper care methods, but you can save a load of water as well as money, but not doing the laundry as often.
- Fix any leaky faucet or toilet. You may not notice your toilet running every now and then, but your water bill will. Call a certified plumber or fix it yourself. These small leaks add up overtime and can potentially become larger problems! Fixing it now before it gets worse definitely saves you money and heartache down the road.
There are more ways to save of course, but here are a few easy ones to follow. Being conscious of your water habits is the first step in saving water and money. Read around, check out what you can do to save! What are your best methods to cut that water bill down? Tell us below.