Anyone who has been through a Utah summer knows it’s a long, hot, dry experience. This place is a desert, and when we’re in the coldest months of the year, water is at a premium.
With that in mind, many people are looking to conserve water over the summer. At All Hours Plumbing, we’re here to help in whatever ways we can – here are a few very general tips for conserving water and energy over the summer season.
Water Heater While Away
If you’re going on vacation or will be away from the home for a few days, turn down your water heater while you’re gone to save energy. There’s really no practical use for leaving it at the same level, and you aren’t risking any damage or negative outcomes by turning it down temporarily. Obviously, just be sure to turn it back on when you return home, or you could be in for a rude awakening at your next shower.
Making sure the laundry machine is running optimally will keep you from any lost or excess water, plus will keep the system lasting longer. Visibly inspect the machine every now and then, particularly the rubber hose – lifespans are roughly three years for these hoses, so consider replacements if you’re coming up on this.
If you have older appliances in the home, consider replacing them with newer versions that help conserve water. A low-flow toilet is just one of several possible examples here.
Watering the lawn at the right times can conserve a ton of water without sacrificing a single ounce of lawn quality. The early morning (just before sunrise) and early evening (just after sundown) are the best times to water – watering in the middle of the day in the hot sun will cause major evaporation, and you’ll need more water to do the same job.
If you have trees planted anywhere near your main sewer line, know that their roots may make their way to the line in search of water. Avoiding these issues is vital for staying away from major plumbing concerns that often require a full system overhaul.
For more on saving water during the summer, or to learn about any of our other plumbing services, speak to the plumbers at All Hours Plumbing today.