Are you looking for ways to cut down on your water bill this summer? According to the EPA’s Water Sense program, the average family’s use jumps from 320 gallons a day to up to 1,000 gallons per day in the summer. Here is a list of things you can do around the house to help you reduce usage and expenses as the temperatures rise.
1. Use the dishwasher
If you typically wash your dishes by hand, try using your dishwasher for a change. Studies show that washing your dishes in the dishwasher uses as little as 3 gallons when you have an energy efficient dishwasher, versus the 27 gallons used while hand washing. Scrape off food scraps and don’t run the dishwasher until it is full of dirty dishes.
2. Check for leaky pipes
Leaky pipes mean lots of money wasted. Minor water leaks account for more than 1 trillion gallons wasted each year. A good way to figure out if you have water leaks in your home is to check your meter during a time when water is not in use. Check once and wait an hour or two before checking again. If the meter has a different reading the second time, you probably have a leak somewhere.
3. Take showers instead of baths
Skip the long soak in the tub this summer and opt for showers instead. Each bath you take uses an average of 30 to 50 gallons, while showers use about 20 gallons. Using a low-flow shower head drops usage even lower, to about 10 gallons per shower.
4. Turn off water while brushing or shaving
Turning off the water while you brush or shave is a simple and effective way to save. Doing this can help save between 12 to 18 gallons a day.
5. Water your lawn every five to seven days
Try to avoid watering your lawn every day this summer. A good way to know when your lawn needs is to walk on it. If the grass springs back up as you walk through your lawn, it can go a few more days. When you do, do it in the morning or evening to avoid quick evaporation from the high afternoon sun.
6. Use a pool cover
An uncovered pool can lose up to 1,000 gallons of water a month due to evaporation. Keeping your pool covered and properly maintained when not in use can help reduce the amount of water you use this summer.
7. Use mulch in your gardens
Mulch around your flowers, trees and shrubbery is a great way to protect your garden and reduce water usage during the summer. Mulch protects the soil from drying out due to sun exposure and reduces the need for watering by lowering the rate of evaporation from the soil.
What do you do to reduce your water usage in the summer? Share with us in the comments below.