According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), an average American family of four can use 400 gallons of water every day, and the majority of that water is used indoors. If you’d like to reduce the amount of water you use and save money while doing so, there are many simple options available. Here are a few easy tips to get you started.
Change Your Everyday Habits
You can easily make a few changes to your daily routine that will reduce the amount of water you use in your home every day, saving you money in the long run. Take shorter showers, or turn off the water when you shampoo. If you don’t already, you can simply turn the water off when brushing your teeth, washing your hands, shaving, or washing the dishes.
Fix Plumbing Leaks
If you have a leaky faucet, it’s wasting a lot of water and costing you a lot of money. A drip of one leak per second can add up to 2400 gallons lost over a year. To save water and money, have a professional plumber check your fixtures and fix the leaks around your home, including dripping faucets, running toilets, and leaky irrigation systems.
When buying new appliances, look for WaterSense labeled products that use less water and energy. Some of today’s new washers use half the water and energy as their older counterparts. If purchasing new appliances isn’t an option for you financially right now, there are still some simple steps you can do to save water. Only run the dishwasher and washing machines when they are full, and use the appropriate water level settings when running these appliances.
Choose Low-Flow Options
It’s easy to make a few upgrades to your plumbing fixtures if you’re taking on a bathroom renovation. When you’re selecting new fixtures, you can make environmentally conscious decisions that will still look beautiful. Look for WaterSense labeled products, and opt for dual flush or low-flow toilets, low-flow showerheads, and low-flow faucets.
Conserve Water Outdoors
We all like to keep our lawns and gardens looking great, but you can still be water conscious while doing so. Water your lawn in the evening to lessen evaporation, and use a soaker hose instead of a sprinkler to improve absorption. You can even catch rain water in a rain barrel, and then water your plants with that water.
By making a few simple changes, you will reduce your water consumption, help the environment, and save money. For some of the bigger changes in your water usage, call the professionals at Westside Plumbing today to help you get started on your environmentally friendly plumbing updates. Contact us today at 317-445-8399 for any of your plumbing needs, including residential plumbing and commercial plumbing services in Plainfield, Indiana, and the surrounding areas.