When the Heat is On, Smart Practices for Saving Water Are Even Hotter
This summer’s scorching temperatures have not only been taxing on us – they’ve also stressed our nation’s water supply. High temperatures and humidity combined with a lack of overnight cooling have led to drought conditions across much of the U.S. The heat wave has also increased residential and commercial water usage, leading to water shortages in some cities and states.
In the summer heat, every drop of water counts. As the mercury rises, keep these simple summer water conservation tips in mind to reduce your water usage in – and around – your home:
For your yard…
- Water your plants and lawn at night or very early in the morning to reduce evaporation;
- If you must use sprinklers for your yard or plants, direct them at your grass or flower beds – not the street or sidewalk;
- Consider installing outdoor rain barrels to capture what little rainfall is received and use the water to feed plants, grass and flowers;
- Check plants and flowers before watering to make sure they actually need water, if the soil is wet, wait another day or two before watering.
In the kitchen and bathroom….
- Limit running your dishwasher or washing machine to only when you have a full load;
- Install low-flow shower heads, and replace old toilets with low-flow models;
- Check faucets and toilets for leaks and fix them immediately;
- Remember to turn off the water while brushing your teeth or washing your face.
In addition to these simple daily habits, homeowners looking to make a greater water conservation splash can invest in the latest high efficiency (HE) appliances. Such as HE washing machines that use lower water levels and less energy or the Culligan HE Water Softener, which helps homeowners reduce water usage by eliminating tough to clean soap scum and scale build-up.
And here’s an added bonus: embracing these daily habits and even HE appliances can also cut your home’s utility bills, as well as reduce your home’s water usage.