Summer water bills can climb quickly between filling the pool and taking showers after doing yard work in the heat. Conserve water during the summer to lower your spending and help your community make it through periods of drought. Here are some of the easiest ways to decrease water usage in the year’s warmest months.

Collect Rainwater

Rainwater from a single summer storm can provide a homeowner with enough water to keep plants hydrated for days. Use a rainwater collection barrel to take advantage of free water that’s perfect for watering your lawn or the plants in the garden. Most rain barrels are equipped with a spigot to which you can attach a garden hose for easy plant watering. Make sure the storage container is covered to avoid attracting mosquitos.

Maintain Your Home to Conserve Water in Summer

Conserving water is more difficult if you have appliances that consume enormous amounts of water or your home has plumbing leaks. Maintaining your house is a big part of using resources responsibly. Stay on top of basic upkeep and maintenance.

  • Fix dripping faucets.
  • Install low-flow toilets that use less water per flush.
  • Swap the showerheads for low-flow models that use less water without decreasing pressure.
  • Add aerators to faucets.
  • Check the water meter with all water-using appliances and fixtures to detect hidden leaks.

Use the Dishwasher to Conserve Water During the Summer

Dishwashers and detergents are designed to clean plates and silverware without the need to pre-rinse them. Unless you have an older dishwasher, adjust your habits accordingly. To conserve water, use the dishwasher when you have a full load. Running several loads that are only partially full wastes water. It’s not necessary to rinse plates, cups, and bowls first; just scrape food bits into the trash can.

Placement of Sprinklers

The lawn and garden beds need water throughout the season, but that doesn’t have to be at odds with conserving water. Place irrigation systems carefully to avoid watering the sidewalk or driveway. Adjust the sprinkler heads to cover as much of the grass as possible. Water in the early morning so moisture has time to seep down to the roots before evaporating in the sun’s heat.

These easy tips will help you keep your property in better shape while saving water at home.

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