Are one of your New Year’s resolutions to conserve more water in your home? There are a lot of reasons that you should conserve water, aside from lowering your water bill. Actively conserving water can minimize the effects of droughts and water shortages, it helps preserve our environment, and helps reduce pollution. So for the new year, try out these six ways to save water in your own home.
Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth. This is one of the easiest ways to save a lot of water that will not interfere with your everyday life. You will save four gallons a minute, which can equate to 200 gallons a week for a family of four. Save another 100 gallons of water a week by also turning the water off while you shave. Take shorter showers. Cutting your shower short by just a couple minutes can save hundreds of gallons of water in your household. Standard shower heads use 2.5 gallons of water a minute, so taking a shower that’s five minutes shorter can conserve 350 gallons of water a week for a family of four. Install energy efficient fixtures. From shower heads to dishwashers to low-flow toilets, you can start cutting your water bill down exponentially and cut down exponentially on water waste during your everyday household tasks. Take a look at WaterSense-rated products when purchasing your next home appliance. Invest in a dishwasher. You might think that you are saving water when you opt to wash your dishes by hand, but this can actually use upwards of 27 gallons for a full sink of dishes. A standard dishwasher uses only around five gallons of water a load, and an Energy-Star certified washer uses as little as three gallons per load. Once you start using a dishwasher, make sure you’re only starting it when there a full load. Half loads will waste several gallons of water, so it’s better to just wait until you can fill up your washer. Fix your leaky toilet. This might be a small home improvement issue that you’ve been avoiding because it’s “not that bad.” The average leaky toilet wastes up to 200 gallons of water a day, which equates to over 6,000 gallons a month. That’s a huge source of water waste, and you will see it on your water bill. Be on the lookout for a constant running sound from your toilet or a visible drip, and once you see the signs of a leaky toilet call your plumber to get it fixed before it turns into a larger issue.Change your washing machine’s settings. Sometimes you need to throw in a smaller load, sometimes you fill your washing machine to the brim. Either way, adjust the settings on your washing machine for each individual load. Most washing machines allow you to choose that you’re washing a small load, so don’t overlook this setting. A standard washer uses around 40 gallons of water per average load, and a high-efficiency washer uses 15-30 gallons. When you’re only throwing a couple garments into the wash, this is extremely wasteful.
Hopefully you keep these tips in mind when going about your everyday tasks. Watch your water bill go down and be a part of environmental change this year. If you have any questions about how you can conserve more water in your home, contact the specialists at J2 Plumbing and Heating at