By Mark LeChevallier, principal and manager, Dr. Water Consulting, LLC
The Farmers’ Almanac expects summer temperatures in the eastern U.S. to “arrive right out of the gate with unseasonably hot and dry weather.” The Almanac is also predicting the northeast’s first official week of summer to “bring a spell of hot weather with many 90-degree temperatures and even one or two spots breaking 100 degrees.” Even as I write this — one week before the unofficial start of summer — temperatures in the northeast have topped 90 degrees for three consecutive days and rain has been sparse.
I think it’s safe to say that in the race of summer heat against water conservation, summer is doing everything possible to get a huge head start and maintain a steady lead!
Fortunately, as this info graphic demonstrates, even if summer comes on with an initial big burst of energy, homeowners can easily take the lead by implementing a strategy based on smart, steady water usage from May through September. Let’s take a look at what this winning approach should entail.
Step one: Before stepping onto the track make sure you’re in top physical condition.
Step two: Learn everything you can about the competition.
Hot weather isn’t the only competitor to water conservation during the summer. Everything from thirsty plants to evaporation compete for our valuable resource too!
Step three: Conserve energy and finish strong!
Remember, the ultimate key to winning the water race again summer is consistency! Making use of these tips regularly will prevent you from falling behind.
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