One of the most popular seasons out of the year is summer — and rightfully so. From spending the day at the beach to having small, immediate family gatherings in your backyard, the possibilities are endless. However, one characteristic (rather, action) of summer that tends to be overlooked is the amount of water wasted in a day.
To cut back on your H2O consumption this season, and the rest that follows, here are some helpful conservation tips to keep in mind:
At-Home Water Conservation Tips
Cut Back on Time Spent in the Shower
There’s nothing better than taking a nice, cool shower at the end of a hot summer day. And while the water may feel refreshing, making you want to extend your shower time, doing so can waste H2O — rather than save it.
To help conserve water, consider shortening your time spent under the showerhead. Typically, spending 5 minutes or less is ideal and can make a significant impact in your home.
Have Plumbing Leaks Repaired
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, about ten percent of homes have leaks that waste approximately 90 gallons of H2O, or more, per day. And if you have plumbing leaks throughout your humble abode, then that number can increase.
Consider having any visible (and non-visible) plumbing leaks repaired in your home to stop this from happening. The quicker your plumber finds and repairs the problem, the less water you’ll be wasting due to that leaky faucet or toilet.
Cover Your Pool
Typically in the colder months, you’ll winterize and cover your pool — all in an effort to protect it during the seasons leading up to summer. And while it may sound outlandish to cover your pool (when not in use) during the summer, it can help save water in the long run.
Think of it like this: After it rains and a puddle of water forms on the ground, the sun’s rays will evaporate it — the same concept can apply to your pool’s water supply if the pool was built in a sunny area. Therefore, safely putting a cover over the top of the pool (again, when it’s not in use), can help cut back on water loss and to avoid the need to regularly re-fill it.