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For seven out of ten Ecocentric bloggers, summer elicits memories of running through sprinklers.

In the Heat of the Summer, Sweating Outdoor Water Use

Updated May 11, 2015

Hanging out in the yard can be carefree summer fun, but saving water is serious business. As a devastating drought stretches over large parts of the United States this spring and summer, it’s easy to see that no section of the country is immune from drought or water scarcity.

Summer is peak season for home water use, which can go up two to four times higher than the typical winter water use. The big increas is driven by activities like car washing, filling swimming pools and (the real biggie) lawn and landscape irrigation. In fact, in some urban areas of the Western United States, outdoor water use can range from half to a whopping 80 percent of all home water use. (It makes sense that July is the annual Smart Irrigation Month.)

Conserving water doesn’t have to be a drag. Here are some cool outdoor water-saving tips you can use when the temperature heats up.

Want to be water-saving savvy? Check out the over 100  Water-Saving Tips with ways to cut water waste outside and inside the house.