Making an effort to save water has a lot of benefits: It’s good for the environment, conserves energy, and saves you money. With higher temperatures, it can be harder to conserve water during the summer, so check out the helpful tips to get started today.

Don’t Leave the Water Running

There’s no reason to leave the faucet on when you shave or brush your teeth. Turning it off saves a couple of gallons each time you use the sink. Depending on the size of your family, you could save hundreds of gallons of water each month by turning the tap off when shaving, brushing your teeth, and washing your hands.

Conserve Water During the Summer by Watering Less Often

Most lawns don’t need daily watering, but when you do water the lawn, do it effectively by watering in the early morning hours. This gives the grass time to absorb the water before the sun evaporates it.

Get Rid of the Lawn Altogether

Save water (and time spent mowing) during the summer by using pebbles, mulch, and artificial turf in your landscaping. Create flower beds of drought-resistant plants that can survive summer without requiring daily watering.

Cover the Pool to Conserve Water

Installing a swimming pool cover stops water from evaporating, reducing how often you have to fill it. An extra advantage is that a cover helps keep the pool water clean.

Shorten Your Shower

Typically, a quick shower uses less water than a full bath, and you can save gallons of water by shortening your shower by a couple of minutes a day. Purchase a low-flow showerhead to see even more water-saving benefits.

Use the Dishwasher to Conserve Water

Running your dishwasher uses less water than washing dishes by hand. If there are only a few dishes, wash them by hand. Wait until you have a full load before using the appliance for maximum efficiency.

Take Your Car to a Car Wash

If you want to conserve water and save some hassle, take your car to a car wash instead of washing it in the driveway. Automated car washes use less water than washing a car with a garden hose. If you wash your own vehicles, only run the hose when it’s time to rinse and not while you’re soaping your car.

Buy a Paddling Pool for Kids

To conserve water during the summer, fill a small plastic or inflatable paddling pool with water for kids to use. A small pool is more efficient than turning on the hose or sprinklers, which use more water overall. This way, you’ll save water, and the kids can still cool off.

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