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LizzieWeakley posted a blog entry in Lizzie Weakley's Green BlogJust because the weather is heating up doesn’t mean that you need to accept huge water bills. With a little bit of hard work and a few simple upgrades, you should be able to save a huge amount of water during the sweltering summer months. Adjust Your Irrigation Many people don’t realize just how much water is needed to keep their lawns and plants alive during the hottest months of the year. As soon as the weather starts to warm up, you will need to adjust your sprinkler system so that the water doesn’t evaporate before it is absorbed. In most areas, homeowners should have their sprinklers turn on a few hours before the sun comes so that the ground can become fully saturated. Double-Check for Leaks Slow leaks are another problem that many homeowners struggle with, and this issue could have a huge impact on your water usage. To check for a slow leak, you will need to turn off all of your appliances and faucets and then check the water meter. If the numbers on your water meter continue to move even though no one is using any water, then you probably have a leak. Reuse Your Water You might be surprised to hear that you can actually reuse much of your water as long as it doesn’t have too many contaminants. The average wastewater treatment system is very easy to install, and one of those systems will allow you to use old water to keep your lawn and plants alive. Those types of systems are also perfect for families that would like to grow their own food in a garden or small farm. Collect Rain Even if you don’t live in an area that gets a lot of rain, rain barrels could still be very beneficial. During a single rainstorm, your rain barrels might fill up in a matter of minutes, and that water can be used in many different ways. Before you install any rain barrels, you will need to figure out exactly where all of the water on your roof goes during a rainstorm so that you can collect as much as possible. In addition to these few tips, you should also make sure that your family is being sensible with water usage. That includes steps such as taking shorter showers, turning off faucets when they aren’t needed, and properly using all of the appliances.
On average, American families use about 320 gallons of water daily; moreover, about 30 percent of that amount goes to outdoor purposes during summer months such as filling swimming pools or wading pools, watering the yard, washing the car and taking more showers. As the southwest and other regions approach another year of drought or near drought conditions, it falls on Las Vegas homeowners and business owners to think of ways to conserve water. Water is not an unlimited resource on planet earth; moreover, more water is consumed during the summer months than other times during the year. That said, according to some industry experts, such as Rakeman Plumbing, it's recommended that the following seven ways be used to help conserve water during the hot summer season. 1- Setting Your Appliances Right If you don't already have any in your household, then perhaps it's time to be thinking of gradually getting rid of your old appliances and replacing them with Energy Star efficient clothes washer and dishwasher appliances. Taking it even further, getting a low-flush, energy-efficient toilet alone shaves up to 40 to 50 percent off your water use. 2- Other Appliance Hacks Using aerators or water flow-reducer attachments on your tap, faucets and shower-heads are other practical means to save on water as well. Also, running your clothes and dishwasher on a full load and on the shortest possible cycle goes a long way in conserving water as well. 3- Running Water Never run water continuously when hand-washing dishes, brushing your teeth or even taking a shower. When washing dishes, partially fill a container or the sink with water and then use a spray attachment to rinse off the residue. Brushing your teeth with the water shut off and using short bursts of water to rinse saves up to 60 percent of normal water use. That being said, if you have a house full of small children, then try putting them in all at the same time in the shower or the tub. 4- Using shut-off timers When possible, and not turning on the sprinklers while you're at work, will further add to significant energy savings. Saving water is not rocket science, but it does take discipline. However, by using the above mentioned top seven ways to conserve water, we'll all be off to a more water-sufficient summer. Choose wisely.