Tips for Home Water Conservation This Summer
Home water conservation should be at the top of your mind. Whether for drinking, cleaning, bathing, or gardening, when the warmer season moves in our home water usage usually rises. That’s because there’s a lot of water-related chores and activities associated with the changes in temperature.
At the same time it’s important to try and get the family to conserve where possible because our water resources aren’t as abundant as we may think. Sure, the world is mainly covered with oceans and lakes, but most of it isn’t fit for human consumption. Add the fact that major parts of the U.S. have experienced drought conditions for a number of years now and it’s safe to say every drop counts.
That being the case, consider some of the following tips for water conservation around the home this summer.
Home Water Conservation
Yard Water Saving Tips
Hose: Instead of holding the garden hose and shooting a stream of water across the yard towards vegetation that needs to be fed try using the hose as a means of transporting water to plants. Then aim for the base of plants because that’s where water counts the most. Otherwise, it will fall in areas you do not intend to cultivate.
Drip irrigate: Even if you don’t live in an arid region like Austin, Texas, drip irrigation systems can be used to conserve water and hiring a plumber for installation isn’t necessary. The system consists of rubber tubing with holes that is connected on one end to an exterior spigot while the rest is carefully placed near plants and bushes. When the spigot is turned on small amounts of water exit the holes feeding nearby vegetation.
Morning watering: Feed the yard and garden in the early morning when water won’t evaporate quickly from the sun. Doing so will keep roots healthy throughout the day.
Kitchen Water Saving Tips
Faucet regulator: Install a faucet regulator on your kitchen sink so water will never shoot out at full strength when initially turned on. If needed it could be adjusted for a steadier stream but in general will prevent a lot from flowing down the drain and being wasted.
Washing dishes: If necessary, let dishes soak in a tub to soften leftover crud and turn off water when scrubbing dishes. Only turn on the faucet to rinse.
- Reuse: The kitchen presents many opportunities to reuse water for the garden or houseplants Some examples include water from boiling eggs, steaming veggies, and leftover water in the tea kettle.
Bathroom Water Saving Tips
Toilet: Depending on the type of toilet, each pull of the handle can down several gallons of water, so don't flush just for the sake of getting rid of a dirty tissue. A waste basket is for trash so only flush when necessary.
Brushing teeth: There’s no need to keep the water running when brushing teeth. Like washing dishes turn it on when you need to rinse. When left on the water is simply being wasted down the drain.
- Shower: As you wait for the perfect temperature have a bucket handy to catch the first bit of water coming out of the shower head. It can then be reused in the garden, to wash floors, or to flush the toilet. Also, turn the shower off when soaping up and then back on again to rinse off. Doing so shouldn’t be uncomfortable in the warmer weather and can save gallons upon gallons of water.
Jakob Barry is a green living journalist for Networx.com. Networx.com helps homeowners save time, money, and frustration by connecting them with home improvement professionals. From roofers to carpenters to plumbing contractors, Networx simplifies the process of locating a reliable professional.
What are some of the ways you and your family are conserving water this summer?