What’s Up With Your Water Usage?
By: Krysten C.
Unless you’ve been subjected to the indoors only, you’ve noticed how hot it’s getting outside. In spring and summer months, water usage becomes ever important. We are using water to hydrate, cool off, and clean off from all the activities taking place on a day-to-day basis. Knowing what appliances and activities take up the most amount of water usage and how much will help get you thinking about where you can save a little.
EASY WAYS TO CONSERVE INDOORS:
- Replace your refrigerator water filter. You’ll save the time and water wasted on throwing out water cups and ice cubes filled with black flecks (and that’s just what you can see!).
- Try running your dish and clothes washers only when they are fully loaded.
- Defrost frozen foods in the microwave (most have a defrost setting that can be quite handy) or in the refrigerator if you have enough time, instead of running water over frozen items.
- Plug up the sink when washing dishes by hand. Using two basins, one for washing and one for rinsing are also helpful. The key is to not let your water run throughout the duration of washing your dishes.
- When brushing your teeth, there’s no need to let the water run. This is a great habit to start, definitely with kids.
- Bust out your pliers and repair leaky faucets and toilets. “Dripping faucets can waste about 2,000 gallons of water each year. Leaky toilets can waste as much as 200 gallons each day,” says DrinkTap.org.
EASY WAYS TO CONSERVE OUTDOORS:
- Easy on the watering. Keep your lawn watering to every 3-5 days in the summer & 10-14 in the winter. Take in to account how much rainfall has occurred.
- Avoid watering your lawn in the hottest part of the day to avoid evaporation. Also, avoid watering when it’s windy. You’ll end up watering your driveway, neighborhood walkers, and yourself more than your yard.
- Cover up your swimming pool, if you’re so lucky to have one (we’re jealous). This will cut your loss of water by evaporation down 90%.
- Getting down and dirty and washing your car is great, but be mindful of how much water you’re using. Also, if you’ve put your kids up to washing the car for you, they may need to supervision.
Want to find more great ways to conserve water? Of course you do! Check out this list of 100 Ways To Conserve Water.