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In the heat of the summer, it’s easy to use more water than you would during the winter — it’s estimated that the average homeowner uses two to four times more water in the summer months. As a Certified B Corporation, we’re very aware of the amount of energy we use in producing our products, and conserving water is high on our list of being a responsible brand.
We thought we’d share a few tips for conserving water in your own home, which can save you money and keep the environment healthy.
#1: Take shorter showers.
A long, relaxing shower is one of those simple pleasures in life, but shortening your shower even by two minutes can save roughly 150 gallons each month (that’s 1,800 gallons a year). If everyone in the family gets on board, that number will multiply quickly and really make a difference.
#2: Turn off the faucet more often.
One of the easiest ways to save water is to turn off your tap water whenever possible. About 2.5 gallons of water leave the faucet every minute, which means if you leave the water running while you brush your teeth for the two minutes that dentists recommend, that’s about five gallons of water that just ran down the drain. Being mindful of your everyday routine is key.
#3: Cook with less water.
Aim to cook meals with as little water as possible. Doing so will actually help your food retain more nutrients, and using the correct size of pans will help you avoid using more water than what’s necessary. Continue the water-saving mindset in the kitchen by designating one drinking glass per person each day, cutting down on the number of glasses that need to be washed.
#4: Collect rainwater.
Along with heat, summer days tend to bring plenty of rain. Take advantage of this by placing a rainwater barrel outside (found at almost any hardware store) and collecting rainwater. After a storm, you can use that water rather than your hose to irrigate your yard.
#5: Alter your watering schedule.
Watering your lawn during the hottest times of the day will cause a lot of water to evaporate before it gets absorbed, requiring more of it for your grass to thrive. Change things up by watering your lawn early in the morning or in the evening when the sun isn’t intense. Doing so will decrease water evaporation and allow you to use less H2O.
#6: Try mulching.
Insulating your landscape with mulch is a great way to save water while also making your lawn more visually appealing. Mulch serves as a barrier between the sun and soil, slowing the evaporation of water from soil and thus giving plants more time to drink. Better absorption means less water lost and a longer period of time before additional water is needed.
#7: Check for leaks and drips regularly.
Get in the habit of regularly checking for leaks in and around your home, as your showerheads, faucets (both indoor and outdoor) and other water sources may be wasting water without you even knowing it. Being proactive and taking the time to fix small issues as they occur can conserve a lot of water and money for the future.
#8: Use a car wash.
It takes about 150 gallons of water to wash your car at home as opposed to about 50 gallons of water at a local car wash per vehicle. That cuts your water usage by more than 66%, and it saves you some manual labor in the process.
We use water for so many purposes throughout the day, and if we’re able to give a bit more attention to our water consumption, we’ll be on our way to being more environmentally responsible.
This is Part 3 in our Green Living Series, a collection of blog posts centered on simple, healthy ways to detoxify your life.