How to save water at home
Clean drinking water is a commodity that can be squandered in shockingly large amounts. Every single day, people all over the globe waste a lot of water by the gallon without blinking an eye.
To help you save water at home, and lower your water bills, here are a few tips.
Learn to turn off taps when they don’t have to be running. When you brush your teeth, wash your hands, or shave, you should turn the tap off until you need to rinse. According to the EPA, bathroom fixtures can expel water at a rate of 2 gallons per minute. This simple tip could save you hundreds of gallons of water in just a month.
Slow drips from leaking taps and leaking toilets can waste from 90 gallons to 900 gallons of water in a single day. So, you need to make fixing any leaks in your house a priority. You could hire a professional plumber or go Do It Yourself, fixing water leaks can mean huge savings on your water bills too.
Making use of dual sinks for washing dishes is a great method to save water. This way, you can fill both sinks with water, one for washing, the other for rinsing. If you don’t have a dual sink system, you can use two small basins or two large bowls to the same effect. This technique will save half the water you would normally waste on washing the dishes.
Shower heads, older ones especially, are known to expel 5 to 45 litres of water per minute. By making your showers significantly shorter, you could be saving tens, maybe hundreds, of gallons of water a day. You could also use a shower bucket to save water while you wait for the water to heat up. The saved water can be used for watering plants or flushing toilets.
Using devices that are more water efficient has been known to reduce the amount of water you waste every day significantly. Fixtures like aerated taps, efficient showerheads, and low flow toilets, and devices like Water Sense dishwashers and washing machines can increase the savings on your water consumption.
Half loads and quarter loads only serve to add up the gallons of wasted water. Using full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher isn’t just more efficient on water, full loads will cut out unnecessary washes in between, making it energy efficient too.
Collecting rainwater and saving it for use later can also reduce the amount of water you use through your pipes. Saved rainwater can be used to water plants instead of a sprinkler or a hose. It can also be used to flush toilets, if necessary.
Watering your plants in the morning uses less water since the mornings are cooler. This causes less water to be lost due to evaporation. Using a watering can is more efficient than a hose.
Do you have a water leaks issue? Get in touch with us today for all your plumbing requirement on 01536 680920, our friendly and professional team are always happy to help.