Top 10 Water-Saving Tips: Summer Edition
Now that it is summer, the temperatures are rising! The extreme heat can make it difficult to conserve water, but hopefully this article will give you tips to help make saving water that much easier this summer.
- Water your lawn in the morning. When the sun is high in the sky water evaporates quickly, so make sure to water your yard before the sun is up.
- Check for leaks in your toilet by using a dye tablet or food coloring in the tank of your toilet. A leaky toilet can waste gallons of water a day.
- Take shorter showers. If you shorten your shower by a couple minutes you can save 1,000 or more gallons of water per person each year.
- Use your dishwasher instead of hand washing. Hand washing can use up to 27 gallons while a new ENERGYSTAR dishwasher only uses 3 gallons per load.
- If you own a pool use a pool cover. The sun will evaporate at least 2 inches of water a week. If you are a Contra Costa Water District customer, you can receive a $50 rebate for the purchase of a new pool cover. Pool covers can be purchased from any store as long as they meet the terms and conditions of the program. For more information, visit http://www.ccwater.com/Rebates.
- Wait for full loads before using a dishwasher and washing machine. You want to make sure that all the water and energy they consume doesn’t go to waste.
- Use a rain barrel to collect water that you can use on your plants. I know it’s not a rainy season, but if there are fixtures in your home where it takes a few minutes for the water to get warm, collect that water and store it in a rain barrel for future use.
- Know your lawn so you don’t over-water. This can save you a lot of water! An average lawn only needs one inch of water a week. An easy test to tell if your lawn needs water is to simply walk across the grass. If the lawn springs back you don’t need to water, but if you leave footprints, water may be needed.
- Save water by applying mulch to your soil. Usually a 3-4 inch layer is best. Mulch reduces evaporation and helps keep the soil moist.
- Try raising the height of your lawn mower blade. Mow grass to a height of 2 to 3 inches. Adjusting the height allows the grass to grow taller and shade the roots. Your lawn will stay saturated longer because less water is lost to evaporation.