3 Ways to Save Water at Home this Summer

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When the Florida heat and humidity rolls in before summer, it’s tough to save on electric and water expenses. When it’s so steamy outside, where the heck should you begin to cut costs? Let us be your guide to decreasing water use. When you cut back on your water usage at home, you also reduce the amount of sewage and other pollution that flows into nearby rivers or lakes. Here are a few tips that are sure to save you some dough and reduce pollution in your community:

 

Leaks

First thing’s first, check all your faucets, pipes and toilets for leaks. A small drip from a worn faucet can waste up to 20 gallons of water every day. That’s a lot of wasted water! Some leaks are harder to spot than others, so take your time during your inspection to check all faucets, pipes and toilets thoroughly.

A great way to test for any links in your sinks and tubs is to thoroughly dry them then avoid usage for an hour. After an hour, inspect every tub and sink for any water drops. If you notice any wetness, you’ve found yourself a leak. You can DIY test your toilets for leaks by adding a little food coloring to your toilet tanks. After 30 minutes, check to see if any coloring has made its way to the bowl. If so, you’ve found a leak. Luckily, most toilet replacement parts are inexpensive and easy to install.

 

Lawn

Adding a layer of mulch around trees and plants is an easy fix to water waste! Mulch discouraging weed growth while encouraging plant growth and development. Adding a few inches of mulch helps the soil retain water which means you won’t have to run the sprinklers as frequently.

Another easy way to reduce water waste is to optimize the position of your sprinklers. Place the sprinklers where your yard needs them most and make sure two sprinklers aren’t watering the same area. If you have trouble determining where to place the sprinklers in your yard, call your Jacksonville landscape irrigation experts, Harrison Irrigation. We love helping homeowners maintain a green lawn – not just in color, but also in efficiency.

 

Conserving water not only reduces your expenses but also helps prevent water pollution in nearby bodies of water (rivers, lakes, etc.). When you reduce your water use, your utility bill and the environment will thank you. If you’re having trouble determining the best way to save water on your irrigation, landscape irrigation experts at Harrison Irrigation will check for any leaks and adjust your sprinkler heads. We’ll ensure your system is running efficiently so you can enjoy a minimized water bill and ecological footprint!