Water Use: Drop It When It’s Hot!
The average American home uses about 260 gallons of water per day; however, during peak season the average household can use about 1,000 gallons of water in a day. “Peak” water use describes the time of year when residential water use is at its highest, usually in early August, depending on where you live. Some homes use as much as 3,000 gallons on a peak day! That’s equivalent to a garden hose left running for nearly 8 hours.
Why Should Peak Water Use Matter to Me?
In addition to putting a strain on our local water supply and quality, peak water use can affect your water bill and your wallet. The good news is Hallsdale-Powell is working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program to help you reduce your family’s water use peak and keep down utility costs this summer. Here are some more tips to reduce summertime water use:
- Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes, and scrape dishes instead of rinsing when loading the dishwasher
- Water landscapes only when needed; very early morning or evening is best
- Put your favorite handyperson to work fixing leaks around the home, which could help save about 200 gallons of water per week
- Learn more about the WaterSense Program