As Florida residents start to feel the heat, conserving water and energy becomes more important than ever. These tips will help you keep your utility bills low through the summer months and all year long.
Time Your Irrigation
Yes, Florida is the Sunshine State, but ironically, it rains quite a lot. When it comes to watering your lawn, timing is everything. Rather than water indiscriminately through the heat of the day—when the water is going to evaporate and scorch your grass—set a timer on your irrigation. Early in the morning or late in the evening are optimal.
Smart Water Use
Do you let your shower run while the water warms up? Why not collect that water in a bucket and use it to flush the toilet, wash your car or water the garden?
Fix Any Water Leaks
If your water bill seems higher than it should this summer, you may have a leak somewhere on your property. For example, if your toilet cistern is leaking, you could be wasting over 200 gallons of water on a daily basis.
Other more difficult to detect leaks can wreak havoc on your water use and cause serious and lasting damage to your home and garden. Remain vigilant about leak detection and call out an expert to help you locate and fix the leak as soon as possible.
Lower Your Water Temp
The average Florida household spends around 13% more per month on utilities than the rest of the country. In the summer, you may feel less inclined to have a scalding hot shower, so why heat your water to scalding temps? Lowering your water thermostat by as little as 10° could help you reduce your energy usage by up to 5%.
Living in Florida can add money to those water and energy bills if you are not careful. These tips can help you save water and energy without extra hassle.