Homeowners tend to use more water during the summer. Whether you leave the sprinkler running or family members shower more often, it’s common for your water bill to rise when it’s hot outside. Here are 5 ways to save water this summer.
Use a Rain Barrel to Save Water
Installing a rain barrel is an effective way to save water long-term. This type of water can be used for washing the car and watering the lawn. You shouldn’t cook with or drink rainwater because it isn’t clean.
However, if you have a large lawn to water, installing a rain barrel is well worth it. Choose a rain barrel with a built-in spigot that you can attach a garden hose to for easy use. The water can also be used for pressure-washing walkways, decks, and siding.
Add Aerators to Faucets
A simple and affordable upgrade to help you save water is attaching aerators to the faucets in your home. These reduce the amount of water that comes out of the tap per minute, without changing the water pressure. Aerators push air through the water stream, making the pressure feel strong while using less water.
Replace Showerheads with Low-Flow Options
Similar to the above tip, replace older showerheads with modern, low-flow models. The water used for showering adds up, so this simple change saves water without your family having to adjust their routines. An average showerhead uses 2.5 gallons per minute, while a low-flow showerhead only uses 1.8. Look for a WaterSense certification on the packaging, which means the product is approved by the EPA.
Displace Water in the Toilet Tank to Save Water
Displacing water in the toilet tank is a trick to make the toilet use less water with each flush. You can buy an object specifically for this purpose or make your own by filling up a water bottle with sand and placing it in the tank. Some people use a brick. A more expensive alternative is to replace the toilet with a dual-function model.
Adjusting some of your habits will also help you save water. Don’t leave the faucet running unnecessarily while brushing your teeth or washing your face. Water garden beds with a watering can instead of using the hose. Save water from washing vegetables and use it to water your houseplants.