There are many ways to reduce your water bill in the summer just by doing some simple things. Below is a list of 20 ways to save water and reduce your water bill in the summer.
1. Washing dishes by hand – soap/scrub all dishes first with water off. Turn water on when your ready to rinse all dishes and put in the dish rack to dry. If your drying by hand then please rinse all dishes and put on a towel or dishcloth, turn off water and dry with whatever you use to dry it. I would recommend a wash cloth so you can reuse it and wash with your laundry when dirty.
2. Dishwasher – Please fill the dishwasher with max amount of dirty dishes before turning on the dishwasher. Many people I know turns on the dishwasher after each meal which will increase your water bill as well as your electricity bill.
3. Sprinklers – adjust your sprinkler to water your lawns for a specific amount of time and to only water your lawn and not your sidewalk, house or other unnecessary area. Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler, to minimize evaporation.
4. Cold water – many people drink tap water and will let the faucet run until they get cold water – my tip – buy a mug and fill it with water, put it in the fridge so you will get cold water whenever the needs arrive and there won’t be any wasted water down the drain.
5. Washing vegetables and fruits – put a large bowl in your sink while washing your vegetables and fruits to catch the water. You can use that water to water your plants.
6. Fix all leaky faucet – one or two drips may not seem much to you, but it surely does add up. Go to http://bit.ly/12Z432e which is the American Water Works Association Drip Calculator to help you estimate how much water is wasted from leaks.
7. Reduce shower time – My eight year old learned about this in school. Take one long shower a week and reduce all other shower time to 4-8 minutes.
8. Use WaterSense Shower Heads – visit there site http://1.usa.gov/132NuxU to rad more about this, it can help decrease your water bill.
9. Keep your lawn a little taller then average. Taller lawns shades the grass roots and keeps the dirt moisture for a longer period of time.
10. Mulch – Spread a layer of organic mulch around plants because mulching allows plants to retain moisture and saves water, time and money and it also keeps down weeds.
11. Sweeping – Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk and other areas so you will be saving water every time. You will also get some extra exercise while doing this.
12. Kids playing in the water – use the sprinkler and let kids playing in area that needs to water so they will have fun while certain areas are getting watered = Everyones happy and water is being saved which equal, money being saved.
13. Look for products with the EPA WaterSense Label for items that been certified to save 20% or more without sacrificing performance.
14. When you are washing your hands, don’t let the water run while you lather and scrubbing between those fingers.
15. Ice left in your cup from a take-out restaurant – use it to water a plant.
16. Garbage disposal – throw fruits and vegetable peeling into your garden compost, throw out other garbage that you will usually put in your disposal into the garbage and take out garbage every night. Yu will use the garbage disposal less and save water and electricity.
17. Water overflow – place ice cubes under the moss or dirt in hanging baskets, planters and pots to eliminate water overflow.
18. Healthy tip – we are supposed to drink eight glasses of water or more a day – save the left over water from cooked or steamed food and drink it, it is healthy and you can also make soup with it.
19. Toilet – Is your toilet installed before 1992? Then reduce the amount of water used for each flush by inserting a displacement device in the tank.
20. Gutters – direct the water from rain gutters and HVAC systems toward plants that can endure a lot of water and landscape for automatic water savings.