Summertime means hot days and sporadic rainfall, if any. This makes it even more important to save water this summer, especially when the sun seems to be getting hotter by the year, with parts of Australia being subjected to drought-like conditions. Aside from the fact that conserving water is the right thing to do, it also wouldn’t hurt to cut your water bills. So to save some money and conserve a precious resource at the same time, here are some tips on how to save water this summer.
1. Water your plants in the evening
If you water your plants in the evening, there would be enough time for the soil to soak up the water and nourish your plants. That wouldn’t be the case if you water during the daytime, especially when the sun is already up. Too much water will simply evaporate and not benefit your plants at all, and that would necessitate another round of watering, which is already wasteful.
2. Fix leaky pipes and fixtures
Never ignore leaky pipes and fixtures because they waste a lot of water. If you fix or replace them early on, you will be able to save litres upon litres of water from going to waste.
3. Take showers, not baths
Everybody loves a good and relaxing bath, but the average bath uses at least 113 litres. And if you are in the habit of keeping the water flowing as the bath water cools while you’re in it, the amount of water you use becomes really huge. A shower, on the other hand, uses much less water.
4. Install more efficient showerheads
Showers use much less water than baths, and you can save even more water if you replace your old showerheads with more efficient ones. Modern low-flow showerheads use only about 37 litres of water, that is, if you don’t spend hours underneath it.
5. Use the dishwasher
This may sound odd, but there have been studies that have found out that using the dishwasher is more ideal for saving water than washing dishes by hand, particularly in households with two or more people. To maximise your water savings, just scrape your dishes and don’t pre-rinse them, and make sure the dishwasher is full before you run it.
6. Install low-flow faucet aerators
Installing low-flow faucet aerators can help you save lots of water as it reduces the flow of water from the faucet without reducing pressure. With air mixing with the outpouring water, glasses and pots will fill up faster, leading to significant water savings.
7. Do only full laundry loads
As with dishwashers, only do full laundry loads to conserve water. If you need to run the washing machine with a partial load, make sure you adjust the water level to match it.
Water is a very valuable resource, and we must do our best to conserve water, even when we live in a place where it is abundant, even in the summer. It’s the least we could do if you think about the many other places in the world that have no potable water at all.