It’s summertime, the kids are home, it’s 100 degrees outside and your brand new pool is ready to go. While as exciting as it may be, one of the main things that new pool-owners forget is the amount of water they will be using and how it can affect their monthly water bill. Here are five simple water-saving tactics that New Image Landscape and Pools recommends to off-set the cost of your new pool.
Turn off the water while brushing your teeth
This may seem like something so small and almost insignificant but the truth of the matter is that we use about 5 gallons of water each time we leave the faucet on while we brush our teeth. That is upwards of about 300 gallons of water that one person uses in a month. If you were to at least cut that in half, you are on your way to successfully off-setting the cost of your pool.
Check for leaks on all outdoor garden hoses and water spigots
If you have a leaky spigot, or if your garden hose leaks at the connection to the spigot, make sure you take care of it right away. We use our hoses to water the grass, do the gardening, wash our cars, or just wash down the driveway every couple of weeks. If you do find any leaks, head to your local hardware store and they can help you find the tools you need to fix it. If you don’t take care of it right away, you can be wasting hundreds – if not thousands – of gallons of water each month.
Limit the time on lawn sprinklers
We all want the lushest lawn on the block, but there is such a thing as overwatering your grass, and not only is it keeping it from growing as it should, it is wasting thousands of gallons of water. Try adjusting the sprinkler timers to run about 5-10 minutes twice a day. Better yet, if you know what type of grass you have growing on your lawn, you can look up the growing and maintenance requirements to ensure that your grass grows lush and beautiful. This will also help conserve water because you will only be using the amount necessary.
Invest in a drip system to water plants and trees
If you have flowers, plants, or trees in your yard, consider installing a drip irrigation system. Studies have shown that drip irrigation systems use about 30% – 50% less water than that of conventional irrigation methods such as sprinklers and garden hoses.
Limit the length of your showers
There are two ways that showers can affect the water usage in the home. Since showers are the third source of water consumption in the household, limiting your shower time to about 5 minutes could make a huge difference. The average length is 8-10 minutes while consuming almost 18 gallons of water in that timeframe. In addition to the amount of time you spend in the shower, you should check the faucets to make sure there aren’t any leaks because even a leak at only one drop every two seconds will waste over 1,000 gallons of water per year.
Start following these 5 easy water saving tactics today to begin off-setting the cost of your new pool so you can enjoy a summer of poolside relaxation!