Now that we’re in the full swing of summer, temperatures are going up — and so is your water usage.

Hot summer? Conserve water with these tips

During the year, an average family’s water use is about 320 gallons per day. That number skyrockets to 1,000 gallons per day in the summer, and can even get as high as 3,000 gallons per day in some cases! (That’s the equivalent of leaving your garden hose running for eight hours)

Now that our planet is facing global warming, saving water is more important than ever — however, so is staying hydrated in hot weather and making sure you’re drinking enough water from your BPA-free water bottle to be your best happy, healthy, hydrated self.

Instead of trying to drink less water as a misguided conservation effort (seriously, don’t do this — here’s why), try one of these ways to save water in the summer.

Sprinkle Smartly

Remember your childhood days of running barefoot through your front yard’s sprinkler, not a care in the world? Well, we hate to burst your bubble a little bit, but it’s time to care about your sprinkler’s water usage.

Run through the sprinkler, but here's how to save water this summer

It’s pretty simple though: make sure your sprinkler sprays actual grass, not the surrounding house, street, driveway, sidewalk, or patio. Set your sprinkler to aim low; when they aim high, water can evaporate before it even hits the soil. Consider installing a rain sensor, so your sprinkler automatically turns off when it detects rain coming down. Finally, water early in the morning or late in the day, when temperatures are cooler and less water will evaporate before it can soak in the ground (psst… early morning and late in the day are still totally acceptable times to run barefoot through the sprinkler as an adult).

Keep Running Water to a Minimum

One of the best things about summer is the abundance of fresh produce — going to local farmers markets, tending to your garden, and grilling all your treasures on a warm summer’s night. We’re not drooling, YOU’RE drooling.

We’re just taking a wild guess here, but you probably wash this produce by holding it under running water from your kitchen faucet. Here’s a new method to try: fill a bowl with water, and rinse your fresh fruits and veggies in that bowl. Then, use the leftover water to water your garden or lawn later.

Dirty Dishes? No Problem

Here’s a surprising fact: dishwashers are actually really efficient in their water usage, and many newer dishwashers have a specific cycle dedicated to water and energy conservation. Enjoy your dishwasher-safe water bottles and travel mugs guilt-free.

Need to hand-wash a water bottle or travel mug? Follow the same advice for washing fresh produce — fill a bowl with warm, soapy water and soak your items.

Shorten Your Shower

When it’s winter, the appeal of a long, hot shower is undeniable. In summer, however, challenge yourself to take shorter showers — and maybe even get in before the water heats up all the way. (But, if you’re too much of a wimp to do that, grab a bucket and fill it up with the not-yet-hot water — you can reuse that for watering your garden or rinsing produce).

No need to get too drastic (we know how smelly the world gets in the summer, and we want you to wash accordingly). Cutting even just two minutes off your shower can save 150 gallons of water per month.

Drink From Your Reusable Water Bottle

Sure, it sounds counterintuitive, but hear us out: fill up your BPA-free reusable water bottle instead of springing for a single-use disposable water bottle. You’ll end up drinking the same amount of water, but it takes three to five times as much water to produce single-use water bottles that you’ll toss when you’re finished. (Pro tip: buy a reusable water bottle with capacity markings on the side, so you can keep track of how much you drink throughout the day and stay properly hydrated).

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