Summer’s rising temperatures often coincide with rising indoor and outdoor water use around the home. Aquarius is proud to be a supporter of H2O for Life, a non-profit organization in the United States which helps teachers and students raise awareness about the global water crisis and inspires action to provide funds for water, sanitation, and hygiene education projects for a partner school in the developing world.
It’s easy to do your part to conserve water. Reducing water usage in your home cuts your water bill and helps to preserve our environment, decrease the energy required to process and deliver water to homes, businesses, and communities, and reduces pollution. Here are five easy ways you can reduce your home’s water usage and your water bill this summer.
Shorten your shower.
Work to shave two minutes off your daily shower. Over 1,750 gallons of water per person in your household each year would be saved by taking this simple action. Think of shortening singing in the shower by one song.
Get a rain barrel for outdoor water use.
You can enjoy gardening and other outdoor activities this summer by utilizing rainwater. A rain barrel catches the water that runs from your gutters and recycles it. Reusing water that drips from your gutters also helps to prevent the spread of waste and toxins down into streams, drains, and (eventually) waterways.
Use your dishwasher rather than hand washing dishes.
Summer means more parties and backyard BBQs, which ultimately means more dishes. Wait until you can run a full load in your dishwasher, rather than hand washing your dishes after every meal. This will ensure you can enjoy your party and save gallons of water.
Water your yard in the morning or evening.
Set your sprinkler system to water your lawn at the same time every day. Earlier in the morning or later at night after the sun sets are both ideal times for watering your lawn, as water evaporates quickly when the sun is at its peak height in the middle of the day.
If you want to target specific areas rather than watering your yard and your driveway, a drip irrigation system may be more suitable. Additionally, if it’s raining, you don’t need to water your lawn, so make sure to turn off your sprinkler for the day. There’s nothing worse than seeing a sprinkler system running on a rainy day.
Fix any leaks coming from faucets and toilets.
Leaks waste gallons of water that you may not even be aware of. Contacting a professional to do a maintenance call is a great way to ensure that all problems are looked at and will ensure that all of your utilities are working properly and are not wasting water.
If you want to check for leaks yourself, put a few drops of food coloring into your toilet tank. If the color trickles down and winds up in the bowl, your tank is leaking, silently wasting up to 100 gallons of water a day. A quick solution to this is a rubber flapper.
For all your water filtration needs in Minnesota and Wisconsin, contact the experts at Aquarius Water Conditioning. From consultation, installation, and repair, we’ve got you covered! To schedule your free in-home water analysis and quote call us at 888-741-9025.