Summer is here! While preparing for summer festivities, save water and money with these five water-saving tips!
Your plumbing system works extra hard during the hot summer months, so why use it more than you need to? You'll likely be entertaining guests to take advantage of the warm weather, and more people means more water. So how do you go about having a fun-filled summer without breaking the bank on your water bill? We have some tips for you!
1. Don’t Use Water To Thaw Meat
The safest and most water-efficient way to defrost food is in the refrigerator. When defrosting meat with water, there's a chance the water will become too warm and contaminate the meat. As the meat begins to thaw and becomes warmer than 40 °F, bacteria will multiply. Plan ahead, thaw all your barbecue meats in the refrigerator, and save water!
2. Use A Broom Instead Of A Hose
When cleaning off your patio, sidewalk, or driveway, consider using a broom rather than a hose. Spraying down your hangout areas or walkways wastes a lot of water, and a broom works just as well. Using a broom also has the added benefit of giving you some great exercise!
3. Rinse Your Fruits & Vegetables In A Container Of Water
Instead of letting the faucet run to rinse the fruits and vegetables for your summer gatherings, use a small container of cold water instead. Then, collect the water you used to rinse the fruits and vegetables and reuse it to water your house plants.
4. Never Run The Dishwasher Without A Full Load
Even though dishwashers have become more efficient over the last decade, running them half-full wastes twice the water. No matter how efficient your dishwasher is, always load it up!
5. Use Leftover Ice To Water Your Plants
You'll probably have leftover or melted ice at the end of your cookouts but don't put it all down the drain! Water your indoor plants with the excess water, and place the ice cubes in your outdoor pots. Your plants and water bill will thank you!
The best way to avoid increasing your water bill tremendously this summer is to have a professional inspect your plumbing system. Call on our expert plumbers TODAY to prepare your home for your summer hangouts.