We are fortunate in the United States to have a steady supply of clean water. Sometimes, though, we can take that for granted and waste more water than we realize. In fact, EPA studies reveal that the average household uses more than 300 gallons of water each day!
There are several ways that all of us can preserve more water at home and save some money on those pesky water bills in the process! Start by trying out these six tips below.
1. Turn Off the Faucet
It’s so easy to just let the water run out of the faucet while brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing your face. A good practice is to turn the faucet off while brushing. When shaving, fill the sink with a small amount of water to dip your razor in between strokes. Wet your face, apply cleanser and clean with the tap closed. Rinse quickly and efficiently.
2. Maintain Pipes and Fixtures
Periodically check for leaks and running toilets. Even a slowly dripping faucet or hose bibb can use a lot of water. Fortunately, most of these problems require a repair that’s simple for a plumber to handle. If you suspect that you have a leak but are unable to find the source of the issue, hire a plumber who can provide professional leak detection services.
3. Run the Washing Machine and Dishwasher When Full
Are you ever tempted to take that gym bag of damp clothes, toss them into the washer, and run a wash cycle? Unless you have a full load of laundry to add to the washer with them, you’ll want to choose a more water-smart alternative. Consider hanging the clothes over the edge of the tub or outside (sorry neighbors) to air dry.
Run the washing machine only when you have a full load. This also applies to the dishwasher. If it is time to upgrade either appliance, be sure to shop for ones that are ENERGY STAR certified for maximum efficiency.
4. Use Sprinkler Rain Sensors
If your lawn sprinkler system runs at the same time every day, consider having your sprinkler maintenance company or plumber place the system on rain sensors. This ensures that the sprinkler heads will not activate if there is excess humidity in the air.
5. Take Shorter Showers
A long, warm shower can be relaxing and meditative, but it’s better to have that kind of shower only once in a while if you want to preserve water and decrease your water bill. Additionally, long, hot showers can also contribute to dehydration and dry skin. Place an inexpensive kitchen timer on the bathroom windowsill and insist that every family member set it for 10 minutes max. On most occasions, you can wash your body and hair in that amount of time.
6. Capture Rainwater
Here in the greater LA area, we don’t get much rain, but it’s a good idea to capture what rainwater you can. The best way is to place a barrel at the bottom of a downspout. Unless you are living off the grid, this is not meant to replace your drinking and bathing water. Rain barrels collect water that can be used to maintain your gardens, wash your car, and clean off walkways. Jut make sure you have a barrel that is covered to avoid attracting mosquitoes.
Whether you need fixture services or leak detection, Bryco Plumbing is here to meet your needs in Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, and the Greater Los Angeles Area. Contact us today online or call us at (818) 805-0883.