Water usage is a hot topic here in northern Utah, and here are some easy ways you can save water this summer!
Most households throughout northern Utah will consume more water during the summer months as compared to the rest of the year, and there’s a whole variety of reasons why we use more water during this time of year.
Water usage impacts our household expenses, and it also impacts our collective conservation efforts as a community. It’s no secret that northern Utah was experiencing a significant drought prior to this past winter and that the Great Salt Lake is still on the verge of drying up, so it’s on all of us to be more cognizant of our water consumption and reduce our carbon footprints in whatever ways possible.
Below we’ll be going over six easy ways that your household can reduce your overall water consumption this summer!
1. Reconsider Your Property’s Landscaping
A lot of homeowners want vibrant flowers and lush green lawns during the summer months, but it’s important to remember how these landscaping desires end up using a significant amount of your household’s overall water consumption.
One easy way to reduce your water usage is to reconsider your property’s overall landscaping, and this can include planting species that are native to northern Utah, as well as cacti and succulents that don’t require much watering. Rock gardens are also becoming wildly popular throughout our community, which are good options to consider as well.
If you feel like your lawn isn’t serving any substantial function for you and your family, then you could also consider installing a wood patio or cementing your yard as an eco-friendly alternative. There’s no denying how these types of landscaping changes can drastically reduce your household’s water usage, and these reductions will be noticeable throughout the entirety of the year!
2. Switching To Low-Flow Appliances & Plumbing Fixtures
Low-flow plumbing fixtures and household appliances can do wonders for your home this summer season from a water conservation standpoint. Laundry, dishwashing, faucets and toilets all contribute to your household’s overall water consumption, so it’s important to remain aware of this type of water usage.
The good news is that Beehive Plumbing is here to support your home with all sorts of low-flow appliance installations, including toilets, showerheads, dishwashers, faucets, washing machines, and many others that’ll help you use less water this summer.
3. Making The Most Of Practical Water Conservation Habits
A lot of families have to be extra careful about water consumption during the summer months, and this is primarily because kids will be home on summer break this time of year. Every kid loves to have fun in water, so you’ll need to monitor your faucet, sprinkler and hose usage—even for recreational purposes.
It’s also important for parents to be good role models when it comes to water conservation habits, and to teach their children about the negative environmental impacts of wasting water. Teaching your children simple water-saving habits, like turning the tap off while brushing teeth and taking quick showers, can help them better understand what good water usage practices look like.
It’s also a fun idea to include your children with water conservation strategies, including rainwater collection, planting drought-resistant gardening seeds, and so much more. When your kids are involved in your water conservation efforts, they’ll feel the sense of responsibility that’ll help them save water this season!
4. Take Your Car To A Car Wash
Although most people feel like they’re saving water when they wash their vehicles on their own, the truth is that you’re more than likely using a lot more water than a car wash machine would use.
Car wash companies have gotten way better about monitoring their water consumption in recent years, and they’ve made great strides toward saving water as much as possible. So when you use professional car washing services instead of washing your car on your own, you’ll actually help the community in terms of conserving our overall water supply.
5. Limiting Your Showers
The summertime is one of the most important times of year to track the time you spend in your shower. We all know how tempting it is to rinse off a little bit longer when it’s really hot outside, but you should remain mindful of your shower times for water conservation purposes.
Instead of fully showering every time you feel overheated, consider taking quick rinses to cool your body off in between full-on showers. This small habitual change can go so far in terms of your household’s water usage impact, and it’s one of the best ways you can save water during the summer months!
6. Repairing Damaged Pipes
Another leading cause of excessive water usage in northern Utah is when a home has malfunctioning pipes. Pipe leaks are very common and often hard to detect, but they’ll slowly but surely waste tons of gallons of water if neglected for too long.
The good news is that if you have a suspicion that there’s a leak within your plumbing system, our team will utilize our leak inspection services to pinpoint any potential leaks occurring within your system. Once you have these types of leaks resolved, you’ll likely see dramatic reductions in your utility bills—as well as your overall monthly water consumption!
Reach Out To Beehive Plumbing To Learn More Ways To Reduce Your Northern Utah Home’s Water Usage This Summer!
Beehive Plumbing has supported thousands of northern Utah homes with water conservation efforts of all types, and we’re very proud to help our community with reducing their overall water usage and helping to foster a more sustainable future.
Reach out to us online or call us at 801-661-8155 to speak with our Master Plumbers today about how we can help you conserve water at your home this summer!