How to Cut Down on Water Usage This Summer
Reducing our water usage is so important. Not only does it help save a natural resource, but it also cuts down on energy consumption, pollution, bills, and just about everything else that we’d want to reduce. And we as a society waste a lot of water. Between long showers, watering lawns, and reliance on outdated technology, we are constantly using more water than we should. Fortunately, there are tons of minor ways to cut down on your water usage. Check out some of our favorites below!
Pick the best time to water- If you water your lawn, it’s important to pick the right time to do so. Water evaporates extremely quickly in the afternoon sun, so you’re not making the most of your watering. Try picking either the early morning or early evening to give the water time to soak into your lawn and be more effective. Additionally, you can always plant grasses that are drought resistant and require significantly less water than other grasses.
Take a slightly shorter shower- Showers are one of the biggest wastes of water out there. And it’s totally understandable! There are few things more relaxing and soothing than a long, warm shower. Unfortunately, the average American shower uses nearly 3 gallons of water per minute. By reducing your shower time by just two minutes, you can save thousands of gallons of water every year. And there’s more! You can easily install an energy-efficient shower head that can reduce your water consumption by gallons each year.
Use your dishwasher- While dishwashers may seem like they use a lot of water, they actually use a fraction of the water that you use when washing dishes by hand. In fact, it takes up to 27 gallons of water to wash a load of dishes, while it takes just 2 gallons of water for an energy star dishwasher to wash the same amount. So use your dishwasher!
Use a rain barrel- Getting a rain barrel is one of the easiest things you can do to help reduce your water usage. Rain barrels are great because they give you a near-limitless source of water for chores around the house. It’s perfect for watering your garden, washing your car, or a host of other things. And the best part about it– all the water is free!
Use a car wash- While you may think that using your hose and a bucket is the most efficient way to wash your car, think again. Washing your car at home uses considerably more water than taking it to a wash. In fact, by just washing your car at home you use an estimated 100 gallons of water while taking it to a car wash uses about 40.
These are all small ways to help reduce your energy footprint, however, there are plenty more. As a society, we need to strive not for quick fixes but significant change. Green infrastructure, porous pavements, green roofs, rain gardens, and more are all ways to help conserve water and reduce energy consumption, but those take considerable resources and societal coordination. The first step is with each of us.