By Lynette Zeches
Summertime is around the corner and that means Greeley is about to get hot and dry. Typically these two factors lead to increased seasonal water usage due to the desire to maintain a green lawn, filling up the backyard pool, taking longer showers, and many others. Although we can’t do much to change our seasonal climates, we can do something to change how much water we use as the summer months approach.
Most water conservation techniques will not only save you time and money but will benefit communities beyond our backyards. Here are five things you can do to save water while still enjoying summer in Greeley.
- Only water plants in the morning
- Plant drought-resistant plants in your yard
- Wash your car at a car wash rather than in your driveway
- Take shorter showers
- Skip a shower once a week
It tends to be pretty cool in the summer mornings in Colorado, which makes it the best time to water your plants. The water won’t evaporate because it won’t be as hot as the middle of the day, therefore the plants will be able to absorb as much of the water as possible. Also, watering in the afternoon can lead to mold, which can kill your plants. Keep your flowers living long and stick to watering them before the peak of the day.
Planting drought-resistant plants in your yard has multiple benefits that are perfect for summertime in Greeley. Getting outside and gardening with the kids is a great way to teach them about nature. Also, many of these plants are colorful and will add a nice finishing touch to your landscaping. Of course, these plants won’t need as much watering, so you’ll save on water.
Most commercial car washes treat and recycle their water to help lessen their imprint on the environment. It’s always a good idea to call before you stop by to ask about a car wash’s green initiatives. However, you could also skip car washes from time to time, since cars tend to be less dirty in the summer.
Taking shorter showers is a given in water conservation. The average shower uses a little over 17 gallons of water. That’s more than some people have access to in a month! Using a shower timer can help reduce wash time and, therefore, reduce water consumption.
Do you shower every day? Studies have shown that more frequent showers can lead to oilier skin and drier hair. If you do shower once a day, try to cut back to once every other day. This could cut out significant time from your morning routine! Don’t we all wish we had more time in the day?