Over the past few years, we’ve seen droughts, lawn watering bans and fines for over usage of water. Experts tell us that our summers are getting drier, and saving water is as important as ever now that the weather is turning hot for prolonged periods of time. For when the lawn starts to brown and the flowerbeds begin to look sorry for themselves, Pump Sales Direct offer their top seven ways to save water this summer.
- Check for leaks
A dripping faucet might just seem like a minor irritation in your home, but a drop per second can quickly add up to a staggering 2,700 gallons of wasted water each year. Not only will fixing it save you water, but it could bring down your bills at the same time. Repair kits are cheap to buy and easy to use, so even if you’re not particularly skilled in the DIY department, there’s no excuse for not fixing that leak!
- Buy a water cistern
It’s amazing how many people don’t invest in these rain-saving devices. Catch the water when the heavens open and save it for a sunny day! When the neighbors’ garden starts to wilt under a lawn watering ban, you’ll be glad you spent a few dollars earlier in the year to have some rainwater on tap.
- Water your garden in the morning or evening
During the hottest hours of the day, any water you put on your garden quickly evaporates from the surface without doing any good for your lawn or plants. Water during the cooler hours of the early morning or after the sun has gone down a bit, and always water near the base of the plant so it gets straight to the roots. Any water on the leaves and foliage is going to waste.
- Use the dishwasher
Somehow it seems counterintuitive, but you actually use less water putting a full dishwasher on than you would trying to wash things by hand. Not only that, but there is a wide range of clever grey water pumps that can help save water and cut your energy bills. These systems are easily installed and recycle wastewater from your dishwasher and bath, putting it to good use by reusing it in your toilet and outside taps.
- Shorten your shower
We all know that we should shower rather than run a bath to save water, and knocking a couple of minutes off your daily shower could save gallons over the course of a year. If you’re being extra good, you could put the plug in and collect the water from your shower for use in the garden.
- Don’t flush too often
Toilet flushing uses more water than any other activity in the home, so if you can bring yourself to do it, break the habit of flushing after each visit and try to reduce the number of times you pull the handle. It’s one of the easiest and quickest ways to save water.
- Cook with care
How much water do you waste preparing a meal? Try to find ways around water waste in the kitchen. Instead of boiling vegetables, steaming them uses less water, while washing fruit and vegetables in a bowl of water means you don’t have to keep the tap running for long periods of time.
Knowing how to save water should be at the top of everyone’s agenda. And it’s not just the summer months when we should be thinking about saving water. Not only will it save you money on your energy bills, but it’s better for the environment not to pour away what we don’t need.
You can all do your bit to save water, regardless of the weather!