Summer is Coming! How Can You Do Your Part in Conserving Water?
Did you know that the average American household uses more than 400 gallons of water every day, and that there are more than 133 million households across the nation? Go ahead, do the math: that’s a staggering amount of water used each and every day for a variety of purposes. Whether you live in New York City, Los Angeles, or Riverton, conserving water should be one of your top priorities.
Fortunately, there are some simple ways you can conserve water this coming summer season, without compromising on your everyday habits. Small changes can make a huge difference in our overall water consumption! Here are a few ideas:
- Take Shorter Showers: Shaving just two minutes off of your shower can save you a staggering 1,500 gallons of water annually. If you must have that longer shower, look for water-efficient shower heads. This will save both on water and energy. That’s a win-win all around!
- Run the Dishwasher: Environmental studies have shown that using your dishwasher uses less water, less soap, and less energy than hand-washing your dishes. Today, most dishwasher models are energy efficient and use only half the water as compared to filling your sink. That’s a great reason to invest in a dishwasher and letting the machine do the work!
- Don’t Water your Lawn Midday: The sun is strongest between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., so watering your lawn adequately during this time can actually require more water, as the soil will dry out much quicker and water will soak into the earth at a faster rate. Try to water your lawn and garden first thing in the morning, or after dinner, when the sun is at its weakest.
- Shut off the Tap When Brushing your Teeth: The only time you should run the tap water when brushing is when you spit out your toothpaste (and rinse the sink when you’re done). Running the tap throughout the entire brushing process can waste precious gallons of water.
- Fix your Leaks: Leaky faucets? They could be wasting hundreds of gallons per year, and costing you more on your energy and water bills. Make sure all faucets are functioning properly, and have them either fixed or inspected by a professional. Plumbing services in Riverton, as in other areas, can help ensure that all of your faucets are in good operational order.
- Switch to Water-conserving Toilets: Today’s models are built to use less water than traditional toilets. If you are looking for maximum water efficiency, look for the EPA’s WaterSense label, which means that the toilet is certified to meet their very stringent conservation criteria.
- Invest in a Rain Barrel: Are you watering your lawn with a garden hose? Try using a rain barrel! These are inexpensive, and are just as good, if not better, for your lawn and garden. There are a number of models and designs on the market – or, if you’re the DIY type, you can build your own.