Ways to Save Water at Home
It’s no secret that water is a necessity to our daily lives. On average, households in America use about 80-100 gallons of water a day, so it’s safe to say that drinking less water is not the answer to saving water at home. If you’re worried about how much water your household is using due to higher water bills or simply because you want to be more environmentally conscious, we’re sharing a few tips on how you can save water at home.
Keep on reading for some simple water conservation tips you can try at home to save on your next water bill!
Take Shorter Showers
On average, you can use up to five to ten gallons of water in one minute during a typical shower. Try cutting your showers down, even if it’s just by two to three minutes. You can also try washing your hair less often to cut down on time. A quick body shower where all you need to do is soap up and rinse off will save you gallons of water each day.
Maximize the Use of Your Dishwasher
While dishwashers use less water than hand washing dishes in most cases, it’s still important to only run the dishwasher when it’s fully loaded. If possible, choose the shortest washing cycle option and don’t run the pre-rinse setting.
Keep a Pitcher of Water in the Fridge
If you find yourself drinking tap water throughout the day, you probably turn the faucet on and let the water run until it gets to the temperature you want. Filling a pitcher of water at the beginning of the day and keeping it in your fridge will reduce the amount of times you need to turn the faucet on and will provide you with cold water on hand at all times during the day.
Turn the Faucet Off While Brushing Your Teeth
Are you the type of person who leaves the water running when you’re brushing your teeth or washing your face each day? During these tasks, you’re not actually using water in the middle of brushing your teeth and cleansing your face, so turn the faucet off until you need to rinse your mouth or face. Simple things like this will save you a lot more water than you realize.
Check for Leaks
Leaks are a common plumbing problem every household goes through at some point. Even the tiniest leaks can cause a huge increase in your water bill if they go undetected. For all of your visible pipes, like the ones under your sinks, check and make sure you don’t see any leaks or moisture coming from them.
For your toilet, put a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. If you notice any of the coloring appearing in the toilet bowl without flushing, you most likely have a leak that could be wasting tons of water daily. This is when it’s time to call Bobby's Plumbing, Inc. for a leak repair.
Use the Quick Wash Setting on Your Washing Machine
Whenever possible, try washing your clothes on the quick wash cycle in cold water. There’s certain clothes that need to be washed in hot water, of course, but bulkier clothes like sweaters will be just fine in a quick wash. Try avoiding the permanent press setting as often as you can because it uses both warm and cold water plus an additional rinse.
Install a Low-Flow Shower Head
Flow restrictors on your shower head will significantly reduce the amount of water you use during each shower. You can find them at any local hardware store and they are fairly simple to install.
If you’re someone who is looking to save on their water bill each month and understands how upgrading your fixtures is a step in the right direction, give us a call today at 772-567-0485. Outdated fixtures are susceptible to plumbing issues like leaks, but a few simple upgrades can prevent these problems. Contact Bobby's Plumbing today to learn more about our fixture services!