Summer is heating up and setting record temperatures all across the country. In California, as temperatures are on the rise, the reservoirs continue to dry up, placing residents statewide on mandatory water restrictions. While summer is a time for many of us to indulge in water sports and activities inside and out, paying attention to just how much water you are using will not only be helpful for the environment, but will also help you save a little on your monthly bills. Here are our top 5 tips for saving water at home this summer.
1. Clothes washing
Laundry is no one’s favorite chore, but it has to be done. When sizing laundry loads and water usage, give extra attention to make sure the size of load matches the water gauge on your machine. Additionally hanging items like jeans or dresses after just one wear instead of washing right away will stretch the time between washes, keep loads smaller and additionally cut down on your overall water consumption dedicated to cleaning your clothes.
2. Dog washing
Fido has probably been enjoying extra long walks in the evenings with the added hours of daylight the season brings. But all of that romping and playing outdoors means your pup will require extra baths. Instead of washing your pet in the tub, try washing outside over a drier grassy area that could use a little watering too. The grass will also thank you for unexpected drink and you’ll be killing two birds with one stone.
If you’re the type who likes to have a long luxurious get clean session then this is not the tip for you. While long showers are relaxing and enjoyable, especially after a long day or work out, they use an expansive amount of water for generally just one person. Instead of your lengthy lather, a few times a week as time permits, challenge yourself to try taking a shorter shower of 5 minutes or less. You can use the extra time in the morning to dedicate towards actually eating and digesting breakfast instead of scarfing it down on the way out of the door.
4. Car washing
No one likes to ride dirty, so when thinking about ways to keep your wheels clean this summer use a commercial car wash that recycles water instead of washing you car at home. This way, you can enjoy treating your other baby to a routine clean without feeling guilty about all the dirty water that literally just went down the drain.
5. Teeth brushing
One of the most obvious ways to save water, that hopefully mom and dad reminded you of every morning as a kid, is to turn off the water when you brush your teeth. Even allowing the water to run for just a minute or two wastes a significant amount H20 that could be spared. If you need something to focus on other than the sound of teeth scrubbing, bring in your favorite tunes for a morning pick me up that is sure to set your day in motion.
A combined effort from all of us is the only way to really ensure that we conserve the needed water to sustain the standard of life we all want to enjoy. While large changes in daily life can be difficult, unattainable and unrealistic, trying just one these suggested tips can go a long way in helping to get California back on the right water track.