You already know the typical, "Turn the water off while you brush your teeth," and, "Do larger loads of laundry," water saving tips, but there are so many other things you could be doing to aid in the conservation effort. We've created this list of plumbing hacks you can be doing across your whole household to save water and save yourself a little extra money!
How to Save Water in the Bathroom
- Some people may tell you to put a brick in your toilet tank in order to take up space that would normally be filled with water which is an idea that is better in theory than in practice. Over time sediments from the brick can find their way into your pipes, so instead of a brick we suggest using a filled water bottle which will take up about the same volume as a brick but won't break down and cause damage.
- Switch to a low flow showerhead. Traditional showerheads dispense 5-8 gallons of water per minute while newer low flow or ultra low flow models dispense only 2-2.5 gallons of water per minute.
- Don't flush unnecessarily. For example, if you take a tissue to kill a bug then go to dispose of it, turn to the trashcan instead of the toilet.
How to Save Water in the Kitchen
- If you wash dishes by hand, fill the sink with some soapy water to keep the faucet from constantly running. When you're done, rinse with a gentle stream of water rather than turning on the faucet full blast.
- Fit your sink with an aerator which will mix air in with your water. This will lessen your water usage by making the stream of water a touch more misty.
- Much like you should only wash full loads of laundry, if you have a dishwasher, running a full cycle saves more water than hand washing dishes.
- Keep a pitcher of cold water ready for drinking in the fridge rather than waiting for the water to get cold every time you're thirsty.
Other Water Saving Tips
- Obviously you should fix any leaks you have as soon as possible, but you should also insulate your pipes. This will allow your water to heat up faster so there is less waste as you wait for the temperature you need.
- Only water your lawn every 5-7 days in the summer and every 2 weeks in the winter. Watering in the morning eliminates the risk of wasting water due to evaporation.
- Switch to a high efficiency washing machine which will use only 15 gallons of water instead of the traditional 23 gallons.
- Go to a carwash that recycles water rather than washing your car at home.
It may take some time to make these habits a natural part of your daily life, but once you start using all these tips and tricks and fitting your home to be more water-friendly, you'll be making a big difference in your life and in the life of this planet. If you have any plumbing questions or need help making any of these plumbing updates, give Ken's Plumbing a call at (864) 242-5511 or click the banner below to contact us online. We're the Picky People's Plumber and we'd love to help you out!
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