How To Conserve Water In Your Home
The goal of most homeowners is to get their homes to run as efficiently as possible. The reasoning is usually for environmental reasons as well as financial ones. But how do you achieve these goals? Here are a few simple ways to conserve water in your home:
Are all of your faucets in the home functioning perfectly? Or do you hear the occasional “drip drip drip”? Over time, all of those drips add up to gallons of water being wasted. It might be as simple as turning a knob further to stop them, or it might be an issue you should contact a plumber about. Think your home doesn’t have any leaks? Here is a simple test to find out – check your water meter, then do not use any water for a few hours, then check it again. If it has changed, you have a leak somewhere that you should call in a professional to assess the situation since it isn’t an obvious leak and could be a larger issue.
Upgrade Your Toilet
Newer toilets function much more efficiently than ones of the past. Old toilets can use around 3.5 to 5 gallons per flush, while newer EPA-certified toilets use about 1.1 gallons per flush. Another option is a dual-flush feature, where you can decide how much water is necessary for whatever you are flushing. This is a quick way to instantly save water and money!
Throw don’t Flush
While it might be tempting to throw tissue, cotton swaps, and other items in the toilet rather than the trash can – don’t! Each time you flush just one simple tissue instead of throwing it out you are using around 3.5 gallons of water! (Depending on your type of toilet). Additionally, depending on the items, they can clog your plumbing system, or build up over time in your pipes. Be conscious about what you flush vs. what you throw.
Fill It Up Then Run
The dishwasher isn’t meant to be used for every little item, or even half loads. This wastes water, and puts more wear on your machine and pipes. Take a day or two to let the dishwasher completely fill up prior to running it. Depending on the size of your household, this can drastically cut your water usage! If you really need something, do it the old fashioned way and wash it by hand.
Change Your Shower Head
Shower heads that are larger or stronger, create more of a draw for a water supply than many people might think. Consider switching to a low-flow shower head. The standard maximum flow rate of shower heads is 2.5 gallons per minute, while a low-flow shower head is only 2 or less. By simply switching you can easily conserve water and lower your water bill.