Water is an essential part of life, our health and the environment around us. With warm temperatures, we all like to stay cool whether it’s going for a swim or enjoying a cold beverage. But, the average person uses more water in the summer than any other season. Here are six tips to help you and your family conserve water during the summer:
- Check for toilet leaks. Put a few drops of food coloring or a dye tablet into your toilet tank. If the color shows up in the bowl, your tank is leaking, and could be wasting gallons of water per day.
- Get a rain barrel. A rain barrel is a great way to collect water that streams from your roof. Place it underneath your gutter, on the porch, or backyard and reuse the collected rain to water your plants, garden, or grass. It is also good to check with local laws and municipal authorities to make sure water collection is allowed, it isn’t always.
- Reduce your shower time. Trimming just two minutes off your shower can save up to 1,750 gallons of water per person in your household each year. Timing yourself by playing your favorite song can be a good habit to get into.
- Cover the pool. If you have a pool at home, cover it when you’re not using it, even in the summer. This will ensure the pool water stays in instead of evaporating.
- Defrost food in the refrigerator. Typically, you might choose to defrost food by running water on it in the sink, however this can waste gallons of water. Consider defrosting your food in the refrigerator so that it can safely thaw without the risk of growing harmful microbes.
- Switch to Water-Efficient Products. Many companies are creating water-efficient models of common appliances (ie. shower heads, sinks, toilets) and devices to help reduce water waste. Consider investing in water-efficient products to save water in your house.
Not only does water conservation support our environment, but it helps to save on your water bill. Learn more about how to conserve water in and out of your home! You can also read about fun summer activities with water on our blog.