With the weather getting warmer, it’s time to start thinking about how you can be more efficient with water. Water is a precious resource and we don’t want to waste any of it. In this post, we’ll discuss seven tips that will help you save money and water this summer:
Turn off the water while you brush your teeth.
This is such an easy way to save water and money. It’s also a great habit to get into because it will make you more efficient with your time.
This simple trick can be implemented in less than a minute, so there’s no excuse not to try it out! Here’s what you do:
- First, turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth.
- Next, turn on the faucet at full blast and run cold water through your toothbrush for 30 seconds or until it feels “minty fresh.”
Now that we’ve covered how long it takes, let’s look at why turning off the tap while brushing your teeth makes sense:
Take a shorter shower.
One of the easiest ways to save water is to take shorter showers. If you’re like me, you’ve probably spent a lot of time thinking about how much longer your shower could be if you just disabled one or two of those fancy settings on your shower head (sorry, “Spray” and “Massage”). But did you know that by simply cutting down on how much time it takes for your shower water to heat up from cold to warm (or hot), you can save up to 60% of the energy used in a normal full-length session?
And not only will this save money on heating bills, but it’s also great for the environment! Shorter showers are good for everyone: not only does this strategy help keep fresh water sources free from contamination and pollution; it also helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By reducing our reliance on fossil fuels such as coal and oil when generating electricity, we can slow down climate change while saving money in the long run.
So go ahead—take shorter showers! You’ll feel great knowing that every drop counts toward making our world better together with Earth Day Network’s mission statement: To create a healthy planet through eco-friendly communities and sustainable practices.”
Only wash full loads of laundry or dishes.
You don’t need to wash full loads of laundry or dishes. Some people feel like they can get away with washing just one item and still save water, but the truth is that doing this will only result in more water being used than necessary. It takes about the same amount of energy for your washing machine to wash a load of laundry as it does for your dishwasher to run a cycle, so if you’re only doing one handful of dishes at a time, you might as well just hand wash them instead! When using dishwashers or washing machines at home (and especially if you have kids), make sure that everything fits inside before turning on the appliance. This ensures that nothing gets left behind and soaks up precious water!
Don’t let the hose run while washing your car.
- Don’t let the hose run while washing your car.
- When possible, use a bucket and sponge to wash your car rather than an automatic garage-door opener that sprays water on the ground.
- When washing your car in a bucket, use soap sparingly and only when necessary—and never mix bleach or detergent with chemicals meant for cleaning cars (it can be dangerous).
Keep an eye out for leaks and fix them as soon as possible.
- Check your water bill. If it’s suddenly gone up, there could be a leak somewhere.
- Look at the meter. If you see a spike in the number of gallons used at one time, that means there is likely a leak somewhere on the property. If this happens, contact a plumber immediately to determine where exactly the leak might be coming from and fix it as soon as possible so that you don’t lose any more water than necessary.
- Inspect toilets for leaks by adding food dye (or better yet, food coloring) to the tank of an empty toilet bowl; then let it sit overnight before checking back in 24 hours later. You should see colored water if there’s any leakage happening down inside the toilet tank or through its pipes—but remember: This test isn’t 100% reliable; some people will do just fine with this method while others may not notice much of anything at all! So if there isn’t any color added after 24 hours have passed? Try again using slightly different methods until something shows up!
Water your lawn during early morning and evening hours when temperatures are cooler.
Watering in the evening or early morning hours is also beneficial for your lawn. Watering early in the morning will help prevent soil compaction, which can cause water loss due to evaporation and decrease aeration of your lawn. Watering in the evening will help prevent water loss due to evaporation and will promote deeper root growth, which makes for a healthier plant than one that has been watered at midday.
While no one enjoys having to get up earlier than they’d like, this practice can save you money on your water bill as well as make sure that every drop of H2O gets used by your yard!
With these tips, you’ll be on your way to saving more water and money this summer!
You’re on your way to saving more water and money this summer! Try these tips, and you’ll be well on your way to conserving the most precious resource we have.
- Make sure your lawnmower is sharp. This will ensure that it cuts grass evenly and doesn’t drag across the lawn. It will also save you time and energy when mowing the lawn.
- Keep a watering schedule for your garden, so you know when to turn off the hose! If possible, use a rain gauge so that when there’s enough rain fall in one day or week to last until the next scheduled watering day (the ones listed below), simply stop using sprinklers altogether until next scheduled day/weekend of watering occurs again. In addition: if there has been less than 1″ rainfall since last Wednesday’s scheduled weekend event then DO NOT run sprinklers at all – just let it go dry until next scheduled weekend event occurs again OR fill up any containers with pots/planters with dirt & plants inside them (you can also fill up pots&poles placing them strategically under trees where there are overhead branches) – don’t overfill them because they may tip over causing damage or spillage onto sidewalk/driveway areas etc..
Summertime is a great time to start saving water, because you don’t have to worry about freezing pipes. But even if you’ve already started saving water in other seasons, these tips can help you stretch out your savings all year long!