Water Saving Tips
Conserve Water, Save Money!
Here are some water saving tips to be conscious of both your eco footprint and your wallet.
With the school year right around the corner, it may seem like summer is coming to an end. But, the temperature keeps rising, and as it does, so does our water bill.
Year round, we should all be mindful of conserving water, but this time of year is especially important. Here are some ways to help conserve water now and throughout the year.
Time your showers. This tip has dual purposes: reduce water usage and save time getting everyone out the door in the morning. Another solution is to replace your old shower head with a new water-saving one. At Jim Dandy, no project is too small, so if you need a hand installing your new shower head, we are happy to help.
Reuse your towels. When you have finished your (efficient and water-saving) shower, and you reach for a towel, it doesn’t need to be straight out of the laundry bin. Reusing towels reducing the time you spend doing laundry, and reduces the amount of water used to fill up your washing machine.
With that in mind, try to reduce the amount of laundry you do. Once you’re done wearing an article of clothing, think about how dirty it really is and if it can be worn again. We aren’t advocating for reusing a pair of muddy socks, but that sweater from the night before can probably be worn again. And besides, who wants to do extra laundry?
Check for leaks. According to the EPA, leaks can waste more than 10,000 gallons of water every year in an average household. Checking for leaks can be an easy fix with tools and hardware that can help save on water bills. Check for leaks in the most common offenders, such as faucets, toilets, outdoor faucets, and shower heads.
Replace shower heads and aerators. A very simple way to reduce water usage is to replace shower heads and aerators. Standard shower heads use 2.5 gallons of water per minute while a low-flow shower head uses 2.0 gallons per minute or less. Changing to a low-flow shower head can save you up to 2,900 gallons per year. Faucets account for 19% of water usage in an average home, so changing your faucet can save an average family up to 700 gallons of water per year.
Do not run and waste. Every drop counts, so make sure to turn off the tap. Whether you are brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing the dishes do not let the water run. Turning off the water while brushing your teeth can save up to eight gallons of water per day.
Reuse and recycle. As strange as this sounds, reusing water can be a very effective way of conserving water. When waiting for a shower to heat up, collect the cold water to reuse elsewhere — like watering your plants. Also consider using leftover water from cooking and boiling.
Rethink your old inefficient toilets. Replacing a toilet is not as easy as replacing a shower head, but it is one of the fastest ways of seeing a big difference in water usage. Toilets are the main source of water usage inside a home. They account for nearly 30% of indoor water use — more if you have a leaking flapper. Federal standards for toilets are 1.6 gallons per flush, but with technology advancements there are toilets that use half of that amount. Switching to a high-efficient toilet can help a household save up to 13,000 gallons of water every year.
Do not overdo it when watering the yard. Make sure that your sprinklers are working properly. Check the heads. A broken shower head can waste a lot of water.
If you need help installing water saving features in your home from shower heads to toilets and faucets, Jim Dandy is the Plumber for YOU. We also install all types of water heaters.
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