Why Saving Water During Summer is Key

by AmeriServe Plumbing on May 13, 2016

Why Saving Water During Summer is Key

While many see summer as a carefree time of the year, water conservation has become a severe issue that requires some serious consideration. We live in a world that is moving along at an immensely rapid pace. There are constant changes, worries, and fears, and all of this can cause a person to miss some urgent issues that are right in front of their face.

conserve-waterCurrently, a significant portion of the United States is under drought conditions, and the heat of the summer months could easily affect other areas that have not yet been affected. Proper water management is essential to conserving water at a rate that can positively impact the current situation.

Summer Represents Peak Season for Water Demand

During the summer is when homeowners use more water than at any other time of the year. On average homeowners use two to four times more water in the summer than at other time of the year, depending on geographical location.

This increase is driven by some activities that are associated with the season, such as filling and maintaining water levels in swimming pools, watering lawns and landscaping, and car washing (people wash their cars significantly more during the summer months).

Reducing Water Use Will Save Money

Water conservation can save you money in two primary ways. First of all, the simple way that reducing water usage can save you money is by lowering your water bill. Obviously, the more water that is used, the higher the water bill will be.

Secondly, When the demand for something that is scarce goes up, the price goes up in correspondence, so during the summer months you don’t only spend more money because you are using more water, but you spend more money because you are being charged more than for the water than at any other time of the year. By monitoring your water waste, you will lower your monthly bill.

Positively Impact the Environment

world-water-conservationAs the world population grows, the demand for water increases, which has placed a strain on the natural ecosystem. To exacerbate the matter, companies are dumping robust and hazardous waste in the water supply, contaminating it at a level that makes it unusable. Our lakes, streams, and oceans have been used as impromptu dumping grounds.

The more the fresh water supply becomes contaminated, the more we will need to be more responsible in our water consumption. There are endless studies that reveal that global warming is getting worse, and this places the global environment in a critical state. For a vivid example of wasteful practices that are negatively impacting our environment, you only have to consider the great Pacific garbage patch.

Saving Water Also Saves Energy

One thing that people rarely consider when using water at their home is how it impacts energy consumption. When you turn on the water at your home, it has to be pumped from its location through pipes, and the pressure has to be maintained. The use of these pumps to pump the water through your faucet or water hose requires energy, meaning that using water also contributes to your carbon footprint.

Diminishing a Life Substance

While people tend to treat water with much contempt, next to oxygen, it is the most valuable commodity on the planet. Think about it for a moment. If you lose oxygen, you have approximately three to five minutes to live, without incurring brain damage, and maybe seven to 10 minutes before you perish. Well, without water, you will likely die within 72 hours.

With water levels in some parts of the U.S. below what is considered critical and more than one-third of 40 countries suffering from some degree of water shortage, we must be willing to consider the probability that we may be one generation from not having enough water for the population.Water waste is placing everyone at risk

Our Luxury is Life to Other Species

It is important for us to understand that we are not on this planet alone. We share the planet with an almost infinite number of distinct species, and they all require water to survive. When we waste water by over watering a lawn or washing a car every week, we are contributing to the reduction in the water levels in the streams, lakes and rivers that supply water to other species.

rain-barrel-collection-systemWhat may seem insignificant is quite impactful. When a species dies off, it impacts the entire ecological system and takes the Earth further out of balance. This planet is supposed to function in cycles, but we are consistently eliminating essential elements within the period.

Taking Steps to Correct the Problem

Fortunately, all is not lost. With proper water management practices, we can still conserve water at a rate that will allow water reserves to replenish themselves. Naturally, this will not happen overnight, but we have to begin somewhere. One thing that you can do to reduce water use is learning how to do more with less. If you are going to water your lawn, water, don’t waste.

There is a difference. More than 80 percent of the people who water their lawn regularly, overwater the grass. The lawn can only take so much water at a given time before runoff occurs. Additionally, as the water runs off, it will likely also erode the landscaping, which will also cost you money to fix.

Next, you should contact your local plumbing service to have a service technician come out to advise you on some changes you can make to your plumbing hardware to increase water use efficiency.

Using water hose nozzles that restrict water flow and improve water pressure, making the lawn watering and the car washing processes more efficient.

You can also reduce the number of days each week that you water your lawn and cut back on a number of times you wash the car each month.

If you are looking for quality services in your Phillipsburg, NJ home, call AmeriServe at (610) 258-2591.

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