During the summer, homeowners use a lot of water: taking frequent showers, watering plants, and keeping the kids cool in the heat. Using more water increases utility bills and can impact the area’s existing water supply. The good news is you can take steps to conserve water in summer and save money.

How to Conserve Water in Summer

Conserving water during the summer isn’t difficult. Here are a few easy ways to become more eco-conscious and reduce your monthly water bills.

1. Fix Leaks to Conserve Water in Summer

A dripping faucet doesn’t seem like a major problem. However, two drops per minute can lead to over 100 gallons of wasted water each year. Turn the tap off completely to avoid drips. If you are facing a constant drip, fix the leaking faucet yourself or call a plumbing professional to perform the repairs.

2. Water Your Landscape Early in the Morning

People use more water for the lawn and landscape during summer than any other time of year. Ideally, water the lawn, garden, and plants early in the morning before temperatures rise. Watering early in the day allows time for the moisture to seep into the soil and keeps evaporation to a minimum.

3. Conserve Water in Summer by Installing Low-Flow Showerheads

Showering accounts for a large amount of residential water use, especially in the summer. Reduce the time you spend in the shower. It’s also a great idea to upgrade to a more efficient showerhead. Modern low-flow showerheads use less water, around 2.5 gallons per minute, saving thousands of gallons each year.

4. Fill Up the Dishwasher Before Using

Depending on the age of the machine, your dishwasher may be using up to 14 gallons of water per cycle. Make sure the appliance is full before running a load. If your dishwasher is nearing the end of its life span, replace it with a modern, energy-efficient appliance designed to use less water per cycle. Shop for a model with an Energy-Star label to save water and energy.

5. Wash Full Loads of Laundry

Save the laundry until you have a full load of clothing to wash. You’ll reduce household water consumption by running the washing machine less frequently.

Conserving water during the summer is easy with these tips. Get into the habit of saving water, and these changes will soon become second nature to you.

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