Summer is here!
The summer is an easy season to forget about your indoor plumbing. With the exception of watering the garden, filling the inflatable pool, or turning on the sprinkler, we often disregard our water heaters and simply enjoy the flow of our summer routines. Just like how easy it is to go overboard with heating the home in the crisp autumn months and cold, wet, winter months, it is easy to use more water than necessary in the warm spring and hot summer months – especially when it’s unseasonably hot!
To help you out, here is a list of ways to conserve water in and around your home this summer.
1. Water on a schedule. With places like California and Washington experiencing a drought, it seems as though it may inevitably creep up the west coast to Greater Vancouver. Stick to the Metro Vancouver water restriction schedule from June 1 to September 30 to prevent the overuse of water.
** UPDATE** The Metro Vancouver water schedule has changed.
— Metro Vancouver (@MetroVancouver) September 10, 2015
2. Keep a jug of cold water in the refrigerator. This way you won’t need to run the water until it’s cold.
3. Go Low-Flow. You can read all about the benefits of switching to low flow water products in our blog located here. You can also invest in garden hose water restricter to make your own low flow sprinkler!
4. Check for leaks. Whether it is coming from a faucet, shower head, outdoor tap (hose bib), or garden hose, the faster you fix these leaks, the less water will be wasted.
5. Turn off the tap. This can be a pet peeve for some. Make sure you turn off the tap when you are brushing your teeth or hand washing dishes. Also, don’t bother to pre-rinse your dishes, that’s what the dishwasher is for!
6. Sweep your driveway, stairs, patio, porch, or sidewalk. Instead of using a hose or pressure washer, sweep the dirt and debris away from your home. You could also use a leaf blower!
7. Reuse old water! It’s not uncommon to drain a little bit of water from your inflatable pool every so often. Collect and reuse that water (as long as it is chemical free) to hydrate your garden or a dry patch of grass.
8. Use the right water tool for your plants and grass. Using a sprinkler wand or soaker hose is more efficient than a standard water hose and nozzle as there is less mist and evaporation.
9. Water in the morning or late at night. This way the water has more time to be absorbed before it can evaporate in the heat.
10. Use Rain Barrels! This is something that you can do year-round, and even on our odd rainy days in the summer. Capture the rain and store it for use in your garden or yard. Some water storage systems can even be hooked up to your sprinklers with a power pump to deliver water right from the barrel to your yard or garden.
11. Xeriscape! Xeriscaping is when you plant drought resistant plants that can survive in the heat. You can learn more about xeriscaping by clicking here.