Many households’ water usage skyrockets during the summertime. It can be a lot of effort to save water in Summer. During the warmest months of the year, plants and lawns need more water to stay alive; pools need to be filled and maintained for summertime swimming; kids are home from school and using more water during the day than they usually would while in school. There are a variety of logical reasons why people tend to use more water during the summertime, but these explanations do not make it any more fun to receive an exorbitantly expensive water bill at the end of every month in the summer.

Conserving water in your household helps you save money on your monthly water bill and helps your entire household reduce your carbon footprint and be more environmentally friendly. If you’re worried about your household’s increasing water usage as summer arrives, keep reading to discover five simple ways you can save water in the summer without making any major changes to your lifestyle or daily routine.

1. Time Your Watering Right

If you have your sprinklers on a timed system, set them to run either early in the morning or late at night—or both, if absolutely necessary. If you water your lawn and garden by hand, try to water as early or as late in the day as possible to avoid the heat during the middle of the day.

Saving Water in the Summer

Saving Water in the Summer

During the hottest times of the day, water evaporates quickly when you water your plants and grass—which means you have to use more water in order to keep your yard alive. Timing your watering to be early in the morning or late at night helps avoid this evaporation and can save a significant amount of water.

2. Re-Landscape Your Yard

If you want to make more permanent changes to your yard to save more water during the summertime, it might be time to consider re-landscaping your yard. Traditional lawns and gardens use huge amounts of water, especially during the summer when it is hot outside and plants and grass are more likely to dry up and die.

Re-landscaping your yard and replacing flowers and grass with drought-resistant plants such as cacti and succulents helps you create a trendy backyard that looks beautiful year-round and does not require very much water at all to maintain.

3. Cover Your Pool

Have you noticed that you have to top off the water in your pool multiple times during the summer? This is not just because of people swimming and splashing water out of the pool, although that does contribute to the need to refill your pool throughout the summertime.

However, water in pools actually evaporates—especially in hot weather. Covering your pool with a pool tarp in between uses prevents pool water from evaporating and helps you avoid refilling your pool with water multiple times during the summer. Covering your pool also helps keep the pool water warmer, which helps you save energy and money on pool heating costs.

4. Take Shorter Showers

Long showers are one of the biggest sources of unnecessary water waste in the average household. Try to time your showers to be shorter than 10 minutes, and encourage the other people who live in your house to do the same.

Even decreasing your shower time by just two minutes can save almost 2,000 gallons of water per year per person in your household. This means that taking slightly shorter showers in a household of four people can save almost 8,000 gallons of water every year.

In addition to shortening the length of your showers, installing water-efficient showerheads can make a big difference in both the amount of water you use every time you take a shower and your monthly water bill.

5. Don’t Wash Your Car at Home

You might think you’re saving money by washing your car at home, but you’re actually wasting a lot of water and increasing your monthly water bill every time you wash your car at home.

Washing your car yourself can waste 100 or more gallons of water, whereas taking your car to a car wash uses only about 40 gallons of water. Plus, automatic car washes tend to be more efficient than at-home car washes and they require less effort on your part.

Incorporating these simple habits into your daily routine can help you save a significant amount of water and majorly reduce your water bill during the summertime. We hope these tips help as it can be a lot of effort to save water in Summer.