During the summer, hot weather contributes to extra water use. You may take more showers to wash off after exercising in the heat. Or you might use more water to keep your garden growing. Saving water is important throughout the year, but especially when you increase use in the summer. The hidden sources of wasted water could cost you hundreds of dollars in water bills. Finding and reducing these problems can help you to cut your summer water use.
How Much Water Do You Use Over the Summer?
Water use varies based on where you live. For instance, in California, estimates put domestic water use between 101 and 125 gallons per person per day. Whereas, in Virginia, the use is between 0 and 75 gallons per person per day.
In the summer, the amount of water used can increase as people water gardens and fill pools. Reducing how much water you and your family use can cut down on your utility bills while helping to lower the demand on the limited amount of freshwater available.
Ways to Cut Back on Water Use Inside the Home
Before choosing to upgrade your appliance to water-efficient models – which you should do – have a plumber check your system for leaks. In fact, leaks can account for 12% of your home’s indoor water use. Running toilets and leaking pipes are two major offenders. If you hear water dripping around your home or your toilet running long after the tank has refilled, call us at Best Service Plumber for repairs.
Installing water-reducing fixtures such as low-flow toilets and showers can also cut down on the amount of water you use. Even if you have an efficient showerhead, cut down on the time you spend in the shower to stop wasting water.
One surprising way to cut down on water is by using the dishwasher. Today’s WaterSense-labeled products only use three gallons of water compared to 27 gallons used for handwashing a load of dishes.
Outdoor Water Use Reduction Techniques
During the summer, you may use anywhere between 30% and 70% of your water outside. Having a garden, lawn, or pool can increase your outdoor water use. Unfortunately, half the water you spray outside for irrigation, cleaning, or filling a pool evaporates or runs off into the sewer system. Some minor changes in your outdoor watering can reduce how much water your home needs.
To avoid the problems caused by evaporation, cover your pool when you don’t use it. Plus, only water your garden or lawn during the early morning or evening before the sun rises high to more quickly evaporate water.
The best way to cut down on needing to water your yard is through xeriscaping. This technique landscapes your home with plants that thrive in low-water conditions. Replacing turf grass with drought-tolerant plants can drastically cut your water bills and keep your yard looking great all year.
Call Best Service Plumber to Repair Water-Wasting Leaks
Leaks in your plumbing system or running toilets can contribute significantly to wasted water. Call Best Service Plumber to fix these problems and reduce your water use all year long. Reach us at 951-520-8557 if you want us to come to check out your plumbing system for leaks or to make repairs.
It seems that California has droughts plaguing it regularly. Even when there aren’t drought conditions that require you to cut back on your water use, you can still be water wise. Using less water cuts down on your utility bills. It also can help the rest of those in the area by ensuring that everyone has enough of the limited water supply for their needs. The best part about these water wise tips is how little you have to change your lifestyle to integrate them.
Cut Back on Total Water Use
The total amount of water you use is most likely more than you need. You have several means to cut back on water use. Installing low-flush toilets and low-flow showerheads reduces the amount of water you use in your bathroom, without requiring you to shorten showers or skip flushing.
When washing clothes, choose the smallest water load possible, or fill the washing machine with more clothes to reduce the number of washes you do each week.
In the garden, water your plants individually with a watering can. You won’t overwater the plants, ensuring that they stay healthier and you use less water than indiscriminately using a sprinkler in your yard.
If you suspect leaking pipes in your home, have the leaks detected and repaired as soon as possible. The longer you let the leak happen, the more water your home wastes and the more money you will spend on your water bill.
Use Gray Water and Rainwater
Let Mother Nature provide some of your water. For watering your garden, capture and reuse rainwater in a rain barrel. These containers have a special design to keep insects and wildlife out while holding the water until you need it for your yard.
Gray water is the name for water that typically goes down the drain. It is not drinkable, but you can use it for watering your yard. Examples of gray water include the water you use to rinse fresh produce or the water that goes down the drain while you wait for hot water.
Let Us Help
For some of these water reduction tips, you will need the help of an expert. Let us know at Best Service Plumber – a Plumbing Concepts Company in Southern California, CA – how we can help. Our plumbers can repair leaks and install water-efficient fixtures in addition to our other residential plumbing services. You’re not alone in your quest to reduce your water use. Our plumbers are in your corner to help you with this endeavor.