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Summer Saving: 6 Ways to Conserve Water in the Heat

One problem that faces homeowners during the summer is a shortage of water. Water shortages occur because of the fast evaporation of supplies, lack of rain and overuse. Homeowners can take six steps to help conserve water during the hottest months of the year.



Reduce Appliance Usage

One way to conserve water is to reduce how often certain appliances are used. The most important unit is the washing machine. The machine should be run only when it is full. This could mean consolidating different loads or waiting longer until more dirty clothes accumulate.

Rain Barrels

Rain barrels are large containers designed to draw water from the downspout while it is raining. Rain barrels can gather over a hundred gallons of water from a moderate storm in the summer. The water can be used to irrigate a garden or lawn for weeks. This saves water while keeping the plants outside healthy; check with Colorado legislation regarding the use of rain barrels.

Perform Repairs

Minor problems with faucets or plumbing will waste a noticeable amount of water. It is best to go through the home and perform repairs on any pipes or faucets that are leaking. These repairs could be as simple as tightening a coupling or replacing a washer.

Faucet Aerators

Aerators are small pieces of fine metal mesh installed in the end of a faucet. An aerator works by increasing the amount of air that mixes with the water coming out of the fixture. A faucet with an aerator uses less water each second without affecting water pressure.

Sprinklers or Drip Systems

A large amount of water is wasted when using a standard hose to water a lawn or garden. With sprinkler systems, residents have the chance to control where the water will fall and to use as little as possible. Less water is necessary since the sprinklers will reach the root systems efficiently.

Change Toilet Hardware

Toilets use a large amount of water. Modern flushing mechanisms use a small pan to cut this amount down dramatically. The newest low-volume mechanisms are simple to install and fit in nearly any toilet. This will conserve water during the warmest months. Homeowners who take steps to install new water conserving features in the home still need to be conscious of water usage. It is important to make every effort to reduce the amount of water used during the day. Changes like using smaller pans to cook pasta will conserve even more water each year.

About the Author

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California.