Tips for Curbing Water During Hot Weather

It may already feel like the hottest summer on record. It’s not your imagination. The last four years have seen increasing temperatures as heat records continue to be broken year over year.

In fact, August brings some of the highest temperatures with it, which can translate into drought conditions. Green lawns turn brown, crops fail, fire risks increase and water shortages abound.

Much of the world faces or will face water availability challenges. And you can do your part to conserve water use to help ensure water is available when needed most. Here are a few less obvious ideas from the Green Action Center.

Water Conservation Efforts

1.Wait to wash your dishes until you have a full dishwasher. Use the shortest cycle possible. And if your dishwasher has a conservation cycle, make sure you use it.

2. Aerate your lawn. By aerating your lawn, you help ensure rainwater will soak into the ground, meaning you won’t need to water your lawn as often, thereby saving water.

3. Flush your toilet only when necessary. If you do not have low-flow toilets in your home, you are using more water than you need each time you flush. Also, add a bottle to your toilet tank. If your toilet is an older model, it may be using more water than necessary. Place a weighted bottle in the tank. It will lessen the amount of water used with each flush.

4. Hoard water whenever you can. Remember the half-filled bottle of water you dumped or the cooking water you used on the stove? Maybe you had leftover ice in your glass? You can “recycle” that water and use it to water your plants inside or out.

You can also donate to many water-focused nonprofits committed to helping get safe, clean water to the millions who do not have it such as  worldvision.org or water.org.

And finally, you can install a system that monitors your water usage so you know how much of this valuable resource you regularly use.  Protect by LeakSmart  with Flow not only provides water activity analytics, it will sense a leak as it starts and stop it in its tracks in 5 seconds or less, not only helping conserve water but save your home from potential catastrophic damage.

To learn additional tips on how to manage your water use, read our Earth Day blog posting from April here