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Smart Summer Water Use

19 August 2010

We’re in peak water use season, people.  In fact, the amount of water residents use in late July and early August adds up to more than four times as much water that we use the rest of the year!  From watering our lawns to filling our pools, it’s a water intensive season.  And it takes energy to move water from point A to point B, so using water responsibly is a great way to also be energy efficient!  Here are a few tips from WaterSense to help you save water and money during the summer:

  • Water landscapes only when needed; very early morning or evening is best. Peak hourly use usually occurs between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., with a secondary peak between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
  • Put your favorite handy person to work fixing leaks around the home, which can waste about 200 gallons per week.
  • Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes, and scrape dishes off instead of rinsing when loading the dishwasher.
  • For a summer refreshment, keep a pitcher of water in the fridge instead of running the tap until it’s cold.

::WaterSense: Drop It When It’s Hot

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