Like air, water is one of the crucial elements needed to survive. It is a finite commodity that can run out if not used carefully. This is where water conservation comes into the picture, and it can go a long way to help alleviate the impending water shortages. Conservation means not only using less water but also preventing waste via broken taps or other means. If you have any plumbing issues in your home, contact Plumbing Outfitters to get them fixed and contribute your part to preserve water. Below are some water-saving tips to get you started.
10 Water-Saving Tips
1. Check Toilet for Leaks, and Don’t Use It as a Wastebasket
Leaky tanks can waste up to 100 gallons of water daily. Moreover, if you use your toilet to flush a tissue or piece of trash, know that you are flushing five to seven gallons of water with it.
2. Cut Down Your Shower Times
Showering can use over 5 gallons per minute with older shower heads. You can reduce this by turning off the water while you’re applying soap.
3. Installing Flow Restrictors Can Be a Wise Choice
You can easily find inexpensive shower heads or flow restrictors at a hardware store near you. By installing these, you can reduce the shower flow to about 2.5 gallons per minute. Contact Plumbing Outfitters if you need help installing flow restrictors or new shower heads.
4. Take Baths
You can use a partially filled tub for taking a bath since it uses less water than a long shower. But short showers may use even less water.
5. Adopt New Ways To Brush Your Teeth and Shave
You can wet your toothbrush and then turn off the water until it’s time to rinse. To save more water, fill a glass beforehand to rinse your mouth. Similarly, try saving water while shaving.
6. Check If Your Faucets and Pipes Are Leaking
Water leaks, even from a small drip, can waste more than 50 gallons in a day.
7. Limit Using Washing Machines
We suggest using a washing machine only for full loads since a typical washer can use up to 35 gallons per cycle. Instead of washing clothes daily, set days for laundry so you can wash more clothes using less water.
8. Save Water While Doing Kitchen Chores
Don’t let the water run while washing your vegetables and utensils. Instead, fill a bucket up and carry out the chores. Also, just like a washing machine, use a dishwasher for full loads only.
9. No Need To Water Your Lawn Daily
If the grass bounces back when you take off your foot after stepping on it, it doesn’t need water. Also, water during the less warm parts of the day, such as mornings.
10. Ask Your Children To Stop Playing With the Sprinklers
Playing under sprinklers in summer is something children love. But it wastes a lot of water, and you should discourage it.
Try saving water as much as you can — in the kitchen, bathroom, garden, etc. If you have broken pipes or any plumbing problem that leads to water wastage, please get it fixed with the help of a plumber. Plumbing Outfitters is here to help you. Give them a call at 512-269-1382.