Easy Ways to Conserve Water This Summer

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Three Eco-Friendly Measures That Save Money and Water 

Summertime is exciting, but with so much on the summer bucket list, saving money for fun summer activities is beneficial. One way to save money this summer is by reducing water usage, which can lead to lower water bills. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to conserve water this summer! With a few simple tips, homeowners can start saving on their water costs while encouraging sustainable practices and helping the environment. Read on for tips to conserve water and save money this summer season!

Installing Water-Saving Fixtures 

showerHomeowners may do everything they can to save water but want to see a larger reduction in their monthly water bill. If that scenario sounds familiar, one could invest in water-saving fixtures, such as: 

  • Low-flow toilets: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that the standard toilet uses 1.6 gallons a flush. At first, that doesn’t seem like much. But suppose the toilet gets flushed ten times a day. That’s 16 gallons of water alone. A WaterSense-labeled toilet uses only 1.28 gallons of water a flush or less, which can make a big difference over time. 
  • Low-flow showerheads: Most standard showerheads use 2.5 gallons a minute, per the EPA. WaterSense showerheads only use 2 gallons or less, saving water without sacrificing performance. 

Watering the Lawn Early in the Morning 

lawnPlants need sun and water to thrive. However, they don’t necessarily need these two things at the same time. For instance, it’s not a good idea to water outdoor plants when it’s hot, and the sun is blazing. That’s because much of the water will evaporate before it reaches the plant’s roots, effectively wasting water and money. 

However, homeowners can get the most out of their water usage and prevent having to water their lawns and plants more often than they need to by watering either early in the morning or at dusk–when the sun’s not at its highest, and the weather isn’t at its hottest. This way, water can reach and be absorbed by roots and offer much-needed nourishment. 

Eco-Friendly Habits 

Here are some more ways to limit water usage while enjoying the summer:

  • Ensure plants and the yard are only watered when needed, including taking advantage of rainwater watering the yard after rain. 
  • When washing a car, use a bucket of soapy water instead of the hose. This will save a lot of water while still getting the job done effectively.
  • Turn off the faucet during tasks like brushing teeth, hand-washing dishes, and shaving to save water.
  • Try to take shorter showers. The water can also be turned off when lathering shampoo or soap to save water. 

Using these measures to conserve water, people can enjoy the summer months without feeling guilty about using too much water or dealing with high water bills.

About Ira Hansen and Sons Plumbing 

Ira Hansen and Sons Plumbing are local plumbing contractors serving Sparks, Reno, and the surrounding areas since 1986. They provide honest, upfront service, personalized solutions, and a preferred customer program. Call them today for kitchen and bathroom plumbing services in Sparks, NV

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