Summer is a time for enjoying the outdoors and being with family. The heat gives us an excuse to shed our warm clothing and lay by the pool or spend a day at a water park. One thing we don’t often think about, however, is how it affects our water consumption and indoor plumbing.
Water usage skyrockets during the summer months. On average, a family uses about 320 gallons of water per day most of the year. That number can jump to 1,000 gallons per day during summer, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
There are even some families who use up to 3,000 gallons per day. This has a negative effect in a couple of ways. It costs you more money on your water bill and can put a strain on public resources.
Fear not. There are several ways your family can enjoy the warm weather and stay cool without hiking up water usage. Here are a few ways to have fun during the summer and conserve water:
Perhaps the best way to get around using water is to avoid it altogether. Summertime is great for playing sports because the options are near limitless.
Play catch with your kids or throw the pigskin around while pretending to be Peyton Manning. Take up soccer or learn the finer points of rugby.
The best part is most summer sports don’t require water unless you count the amount you drink to rehydrate.
Water Your Lawn While You Cool Off
A lot of those extra gallons of water we use during summer have to do with keeping the grass in our lawns green and the flowers in our gardens looking pretty.
There is, however, a way to tend to our landscaping and staying cool on a hot day all at the same time. Make watering the yard a two-for-one experience by also using your hose or sprinkler as a water attraction.
A sprinkler can distribute water across your property while you and your family jump through the water jets in your bathing suits. If all you have is a hose, have your kids line up and jump through the stream for a splash of refreshing water.
Have a Pool Day
If you live near a pool, take your family for an afternoon dip. Just be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen and water!
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