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Water Conservation Tips for a Houston Summer

Another summer in Houston means high temperatures, high humidity, and high water consumption. If you live in a home, the lawn and garden need extra water to keep healthy. If you have kids, their summer vacation means extra dishes, extra laundry and extracurricular activities that probably include water. If you entertain, it means backyard parties, out-of-town guests and unexpected drop-ins from family and friends.

Whatever your situation, the summer season is usually a drain (pun intended) on the water bill. Fortunately, there are some easy ways for you and your family to reduce water consumption in your home. The professional plumbers from Universal Home Experts have put together a list of helpful solutions; ideal for your Houston residence.

Watering the Lawn – The best time to water your lawn is in the early morning when the air is cooler. This will ensure your lawn is able to benefit from the most water possible. In the afternoon, the intense heat can make the water evaporate too quickly. Watering in the evening, when the lawn doesn’t have an opportunity to dry out, can cause disease. During dry periods in the summer, the city will often impose a water ban restricting the days and times you can water. Make sure that you act on these times or your lawn could dry out.

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Fixing Plumbing Leaks – Are there slow leaks coming from some of your plumbing fixtures? Sometimes water can leak from a fixture while it is turned on, losing water from a weak point in a different area. Check the plumbing fixtures throughout your home and replace any device that shows leakage. You should also consider having your plumbing inspected by a professional plumber to check for leaks in underground water lines. Repairing leaking fixtures will go a long way in cutting down your water consumption throughout the year.

Reduce Water Usage – This is not as difficult as it sounds, especially if you have children home all summer. Kids playing outside all day need to be cleaned up when they come inside. Instead of the typical bath, consider quick showers – especially for kids five and up. A standard shower head uses 2.5 gallons of water a minute (a low-flow shower head uses around 2) while a standard bath uses about 30 gallons of water. A five-minute shower will consume 10 – 12.5 gallons. Kids home from school also mean more dishes. Try to use the dishwasher on the energy-saving setting. Hand washing consumes more water. Pre-rinsing your dishes can also waste a considerable amount of water (up to 20 gallons a load).

Use Low-Flow Fixtures – Replace your faucets and shower heads with low-flow designs that use less water. WaterSense designs that have been certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have been certified to use 20 percent less water than similar designs. If your toilet is more than 20 years old, consider replacing it with a WaterSense certified model. Toilets account for nearly 30 percent of a home’s water consumption. A low-flow toilet can use 1.28 gallons per flush (or even less) without compromising performance or efficiency.

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Children playing at a water park

Free Splash Pads – Kids love to play in the water in the summer. If you are a household without a pool, you have probably purchased a plastic wading pool or any number of water toys that require a running hose. Did you know that Houston has over 20 FREE splash pads and spray grounds throughout the city? Take the kids to a free water feature and skip the water-consuming Water Wiggle or Slip & Slide. You’ll save water – and headaches during those water bans in the heat of the summer.

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This summer, help conserve water and save money on your utility bill with these simple tips for your Houston home. Remember to call Universal Home Experts if you need in your pursuit of better water conservation. Our licensed plumbers can help with locating and fixing water leaks – or installing low-flow plumbing fixtures. Call us at (713) 364-0226 to schedule an appointment today!