Summer is here! Time to break out the sprinklers, hoses, and kiddie pools. With all the extra household water usage (and, unfortunately, water waste) that happens during the summertime, now is the perfect time to think about how your family can contribute to global water conservation efforts. Help save 10,000+ gallons of water annually by following the ten household water conservation tips outlined below.
10 Water Conservation Tips for Summer
- Find and fix household leaks! Click here to learn how.
- Fix or replace broken sprinklers. According to the EPA, “One broken sprinkler head can waste 25,000 gallons in just 6 months.”
- Water your lawn in the morning. Water early in the morning (or later in the evening) to prevent water waste due to evaporation.
- Reduce hose usage. Sweep sidewalks, patios, and decks with a broom instead of a hose. And consider going to a public swimming pool rather than filling up that 50-gallon kiddie pool.
- Be mindful when doing laundry. Use an Energy Star front-load washing machine and always wash full loads.
- Turn off the faucet. Don’t let the tap run while brushing your teeth, shaving, etc.
- Use an efficient dishwasher. Washing dishes by hand typically waste more water than using the dishwasher—especially if you run full loads and use a water-efficient machine.
- Install low-flow showerheads. Did you know you can save 15 gallons of water per every 10-minute shower by simply upgrading to a low-flow showerhead? Also, make it a goal to take shorter showers this summer.
- Replace your toilet. Save water with every flush by replacing old or leaky toilets with newer, more water-efficient toilets. And make sure they are installed correctly. When selecting a new toilet, look for the WaterSense® label and consider upgrading to a dual-flush toilet.
- Install a whole-house water security system. This is the best way to prevent and minimize future household water leaks.
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Why Is Household Water Conservation So Important?
Water conservation is a huge global concern. We have a limited freshwater supply on the planet, and less than 1% of that water is drinkable. Yet we continue to waste and contaminate it on a daily basis. American household leaks alone cause 1 trillion gallons of waste each year, according to the EPA. The good news? Your family could help save 10,000 gallons of water each year by simply fixing water leaks around the home! And you can save even more by following all of the water conservation tips outlined above.