Here at Day and Nite Plumbing and Heating, we know that a new season can mean a change in habits. The summer is here now, and for many that could actually mean increased water usage. Maybe you have a pool. Maybe you're just showering more often due to the hot and humid weather. In any case, the summer season can mean higher water bills for many.
Fortunately, there are a few steps that you can take to rein in your water usage this summer. You'll get to go green while keeping more green in your wallet.
Take a Shorter Shower
The summer can mean more showers. If you're out doing yard work, going for a run in the hot weather, or doing anything else that might result in you working up a sweat, you may be showering more often this season. So we suggest that you and your family take shorter showers this summer. You can save even more water by making sure that you're using a more efficient shower head. You'll notice a big difference on your water bill if you change up your shower habits.
Check for Toilet Leaks
This tip is actually helpful all year round, but we think that the start of a new season is the perfect time to test out your toilet for leaks again. Place a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank and see if it shows up in your bowl. If the dye migrates from the tank to the bowl, you've got a leak. A small, inexpensive fix like purchasing a new rubber flapper could help you stop wasting water. If the problem is more complicated, one of our plumbers is ready to ensure that your water isn't leaking and going to waste.
Cover Your Pool
If you have a pool in your backyard you'll probably make great use of it this summer. When it's not in use, however, you should make sure that it's covered. Most people cover it in the off-season and don't think to do it when the pool is not in use during the summer. Covering your pool can prevent water from evaporating, reducing your water usage.
Visit the Car Wash
If you're ready to show off your car this summer, you may opt to wash it at home. It may seem more efficient, but an afternoon of washing your vehicle could actually end up wasting far more water than you would think. Visit a car wash instead. It's likely that they'll use less water to get your car shining like new again.
Water at the Best Time
Homeowners who water their lawn can save water by simply changing their schedule a little bit. Watering early in the morning can limit evaporation loss, as opposed to midday where more water evaporates in the heat.
In the summer your dehumidifier could be working hard to keep your basement comfortable. When you empty out its water tank, don't just pour it down the drain. You can reuse it and water from other appliances to water plants, for example. Finding new uses for water you'd normally discard and following the rest of these tips could help you save water all summer long.