Keeping monthly utility bills within reason is a priority for all families. During the summer months, the power and water bills can be a bit more with the hot weather. But, now that the fall weather has settled in, it is time to start thinking about conserving water.
It might seem like a strange thing to worry about during the wettest season of the year but, saving water during the fall is important because it is a time to transition your water usage habits from the summer weather.
Here are some considerations for you to be thinking about this fall:
- If you have water toys or garden hoses connected for outside summertime play, this is the time of year to disconnect them and store them for the season. These items are not made to withstand the temperatures of the fall weather, and any water that is inside of them could freeze. When water freezes inside of hoses that are connected to your outdoor hose bibs, the blockage can cause pressure to build up and lead to cracked or damaged pipes.
- Having a sprinkler system is a great way to make sure that your lawn stays green and healthy during the summer months, when you and your family are spending more time away from home. However, your lawn does not need near as much water during the fall season, so this is a good time to re-set your sprinkler system schedule.
- With the temperature outside dropping during the night, it is important to wrap and insulate your water heater. The cold weather can cause your water heater to work harder to keep the water inside of it hot, which causes more wear and tear than necessary. Using a water heater blanket can help to insulate the tank from the cold weather and allow the water to maintain temperature without the extra energy.
Changing your summer water usage habits to match with the fall weather is a good way to keep your monthly utility bills on budget. Follow these easy tips starting now and fall water conservation will be easy.