Tips for Having Summertime Fun and not Wasting Water
The time when school’s out and summer vacation is in full swing is so short that you want to take every opportunity to have fun.
It’s also a reality that living through an Alabama summer means that you have to take steps to keep cool.
There is also your lawn and garden, which will need extra attention to stay vibrant during the summer months.
All of these require extra water. Using extra water can be expensive though and is also not environmentally friendly. Here are some tips on how you can enjoy this summer, have a great garden and keep your water use under control.
Balance Your Water Use & Save Money
So, it stands to reason that if you are going to use more water this season, you’ve got to cut back elsewhere. Here are some easy ways to save more water at home.
Potentially, the most significant water waster in your home is plumbing leaks.
Be vigilant for signs of a leak, like an increase in your water bills that doesn’t make sense, pooling water or signs of mold growth. Get help with these right away.
Some other easy ways are to shut off the tap when brushing your teeth and washing your hands. Wash your car at a commercial car wash that recycles water, rather than washing it at home.
Don’t run the water to thaw food, and keep a pitcher of cold water in the fridge rather than waiting for the water to cool down to drink.
Playing in the Sprinkler
When school’s out, head outside with the family for some water play. There is the old favorite, running through the sprinkler, but here are some ideas to make it even better.
To conserve water, place your sprinkler in an area that already needs watering.
You can make your own water park at home, using your sprinkler and some PVC piping with strategically placed holes. You can build all kinds of shapes (i.e. to run or climb through).
Taking Care of the Lawn and Garden
Don’t water your lawn unless it really needs it. Keep your grass a little bit longer; short grass gets burned and needs more water. Spread grass clippings for extra protection from the sun. Mulch your garden and plant bushes that will provide shade to other plants. Only water your lawn and garden at night or in the early morning.