By Samantha Nicole Alarilla
It is April once again! The sun beats down hot on our backs, the temperature climbs up to thirty, and the days are longer. Indeed, summer is finally here! But when summer is at its peak, so are our water bills. That’s why it’s especially important to know how to save our water during the hottest months of the year — not only to keep our bills low, but to contribute to the environment as well.
Here are a few ways you can save water during the summer season:
Water in the morning or evening.
Water your plants or yard during these times so that the water stays in the soil and doesn’t evaporate quickly. If you have a yard, invest in a sprinkler or drip irrigation systemto efficiently and effectively water exactly where you want to.
Take shorter showers.
Who takes long, hot showers in this unbearable heat anyway? Shorten your showers by at least two minutes to save approximately 150 gallons per month.
Invest in a dishwasher.
Washing the dishes by hand might be a Filipino tradition, but it has been found to be not a very eco-friendly one. Hand-washing dishes can use up to 27 gallons of water, as compared to a dishwasher that would only use up to 3 gallons.
Wash only full loads of laundry, and if you absolutely must wash a partial load, adjust the water level to match the load. Ensure that you are using an efficient washing machine as well — not necessarily the newest model, however, free from damage or malfunctioning parts. If you suspect that your washing machine is not working as well as it should be and is only wasting water and electricity, be sure to make the necessary repairs or replace it altogether as soon as possible.
Check for leaks.
Check your toilets, sinks, bathtubs, and pipes for leaks. Leaks mean you’re paying for water that you aren’t actually using — and may only lead to inconvenient problems like mold or water damage. Not repairing leaks is a great waste of water as well — 100 gallons of it per day, to be exact. If you find any leaks in your home, make the necessary repairs as soon as possible to avoid this wastage.
Wash your produce wisely.
Did you know that washing your vegetables and produce under running water wastes approximately 3 liters of water each time? While 3 liters may not seem much, with each wash the number of liters only go up, which is not sustainable in the long run. To avoid this, thaw frozen food and wash your fruits and vegetables in a bowl of water instead.