Summer is officially here and that means higher utility bills for most of America. As the temperature rises not only does our A/C bill tend to go crazy off the charts but the water bill also tends to spike thanks to the need to watering the lawn more often (unless your in California). However, water conservation has become a huge issue over the years with many seeking ways to use less water as well as lower their bill. And while we don’t expect you to stop showering or let your lawn turn into a wasteland, there are a few things you can do to lower your water usage and reduce your bill without resorting to crazy antics.
For starters, if you turn off the tap while brushing your teeth you actually save up to two gallons of water per brushing. Yep, that is TWO gallons. Another way to save money is to wash dishes in the dishwasher instead of by hand. When you wash dishes in the sink, you actually are wasting a ton of water by keeping the water running as your rise. However, when you utilize the dishwasher, you only use a set amount of water each time. We also suggest you only wash your dishes when you have a full load so you can continue to conserve.
Now we understand that during the summer months you will be tempted to water your grass more, but you should know you are actually hurting your lawn. When you water less, the grass will grow its roots deeper in search of water. This not only strengthens your grass but keeps it from dying off more. Over-watering your grass actually keeps it close to the surface which can cause it to die out faster when there is less water available.
Another way you can save water is by capturing rain water for watering plants and all you have to do is put out buckets the next time there is a rain storm. Easy and simple, right?
And last but not least, this is the biggest no-brainer but we suggest you make sure that you check for any leaks in your house. The average household can leak up to 10,000 gallons of water every year. This can come from a constantly running toilet or dripping faucet. This is wasted water and money. We always recommend checking for leaks once or twice per year.