The summer is a great time to catch up on your reading, visit the beach, and make some memories with friends and family. But if you're like most people, your water bill skyrockets during the summer! It's important to take steps now so that you can save money this season.
This article will provide tips for saving water and lowering your water bill during the hot months of summer.
20 Tips On How You Can Save Money This Summer By Saving Water
Some of these tips you can use all year long and some are focused on the many summer time activities that we all love that include cooling down with our yard hoses!
- Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth. Brush with cold water instead of hot for a fresh, clean feeling!
- Leaky faucets and toilets account for more than 40% of household water waste so get those drips fixed.
- Wash clothes in cold or warm (not hot) water, then switch to the highest spin setting available when drying - this will save you from excess wear on clothing caused by heat damage.
- Take a shower instead of a bath. This works even better if you can cut down your shower time to 15 minutes or less.
- Install a rain barrel to collect water for lawn and garden irrigation.
- Use a broom instead of the hose or sprinkler to clean sidewalks, patios and driveways.
- Buy an automatic shutoff valve - this will automatically turn off household water when you forget!
- Install low flow showerheads and toilets in every bathroom.
- Use a pool cover to reduce evaporation.
- Run your dishwasher / washing machine only when it's full.
- Install a water-saving faucet aerator on all your kitchen and bath sinks - this will reduce the flow to ¾ of what it was before, but still be able to get the same amount of cleanliness.
- Water your lawn early in the morning or at night to avoid evaporation.
- Install a drip irrigation system for your outdoor plants - this will keep water from evaporating and reduce the amount used.
- Use mulch around plants to help keep the moisture in.
- Locate your sprinkler on a slope so it doesn't need as much water - again, this will reduce evaporation.
- Decrease the time your sprinkler is running per watering cycle - this will reduce evaporation and save on water usage.
- Adjust lawn mower height so that your lawn won't need as much water.
- Use recycled/gray water in place of potable (drinkable) water when possible - this will reduce demand and save you money!
- Wash your cars at a commercial carwash to save water and money!
- If your kids want to play in the yard under any of those sprinkler toys then place them in a part of the yard that needs the water anyway.
We hope that these water saving tips will help you to put some extra cash in your pocket this summer.
There are a number of ways to save money this summer by saving water, from installing low-flow toilets and showerheads in your home to simply turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth. Whatever measures you take, it's important that we all do our part for the environment and the bonus is you can save some money as well.
If you have any questions about how your household can save water (and money) call Atlantis Plumbing today at 770-505-8570. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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