How To Conserve Water This Summer
Even though it’s August, we’re still sizzling our way through the remainder of the summer. West Texas has experienced quite a bit of rain so far, but it’s still important to watch your water usage. National is here with some ways to conserve water this summer.
Check For Leaks
Routinely inspecting faucets and toilets for leaks can help save you money, especially during a drought. The USGS Water Science School offers a tool to help you determine how much water you’re actually losing when you have a drip leak.
Don’t Hand Wash Your Car
While it may save you a few dollars to wash your car yourself, it could easily add up on your water bill. On average, commercial washes can save up to 60% more water during washes. This is because they utilized a high pressure water system, in addition to only using water as it’s needed.
Shorten Your Showers
Who wants to stay in a steamy shower when it’s 100 degrees outside anyway? Shortening your showers by 2-5 minutes can save an estimated 2,000 gallons per person annually. That’s a lot of water!
Get A Rain Barrel
When you live in the desert like we do, it’s important to save as much water as you can. Consider purchasing a rain collection system for your home. Though the water may not be drinkable, it can be used for watering plants, washing vehicles, and other non-potable usage.
Don’t Water During The Heat Of The Day
If you have a yard, the best time to water it is either first thing in the morning or after the sun starts to set. Not only does the heat evaporate the water too quickly once it starts to get hot, it can scorch the roots of plants, effectively killing them.
Step Away From The Sink
Energy efficient dishwashers can run using only 3-6 gallons of water per cycle, whereas running your kitchen faucet on full blast for 2 minutes to wash dishes uses about 5 gallons. If you factor in an entire load, it appears be more efficient to just use the built-in dishwasher. National can even install new energy efficient appliances that can help save money on your utility and water bills each month.
Water is a pretty precious commodity in Odessa. We hope that you’ll take some of these tips to heart and use them to conserve water this summer. Be sure to contact us if you have questions about our energy-efficient appliance installations.