How to Conserve Water This Summer
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No matter where you reside, it’s a good idea to practice water conservation. In the summer, a typical family’s water usage increases by 25-50%. Water conservation not only saves you money on utility bills but can also help prevent water pollution in nearby water sources.

Below are simple ways that you can help to positively contribute to your bank account, the local environment, and community you live in:

• Check for faucet, pipe, hoses, coupling, and toilet leaks. Even a small drip can waste upwards of 20 gallons of water per day.

• Install low flow showerheads and faucet aerators. Low flow means it uses less than 2.5 gallons of water per minute.

• Insulate your water pipes. Doing so will allow you to get hot water faster without wasting water waiting for it to heat up.

• Take shorter showers. A 4-minute shower can use up to 40 gallons of water.

• Use your dishwasher and wash machine for only full loads.

• Minimize the usage of kitchen sink garbage disposals.

• When washing dishes by hand don’t leave the water running for rinsing.

• Water your lawn only when it needs it. One way to test if your lawn needs watering is to step on it, if it springs back up it doesn’t need water.

• Water your lawn during the early parts of the day and avoid watering when it’s windy. Early watering reduces water loss to evaporation.

• Don’t run the hose when washing your car

Saving water at home doesn’t take much effort; a few simple changes to habits (you won’t even miss) can make a difference. For more plumbing tips contact the experts at A.J. Perri.