The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that average American uses around 88 gallons of water every day.
While this number is staggering, there are plenty of ways you can do your part to lower it. Today, we’re sharing four of our top water conservation tips to help you and your family save as much water as possible around the house.
1. Address Leaks Right Away
No, a bucket won’t do the trick.
Any time you notice even the smallest leak in your bathroom, kitchen or laundry room, it’s best to contact your local plumber right away. Those little trickles can use up more water than you’d think. Plus, they can cause your utility bill to skyrocket if they’re left unaddressed!
Then, when your taps are back to normal, be sure to close them tightly as soon as you’re done using them. Children are especially prone to leaving bathroom sink faucets running just slightly, so check behind them and make sure they’re fully shut.
2. Turn Off the Tap When You Can
Do you leave the water running all the time when washing dishes?
This isn’t necessary and could result in gallons of water lost. Instead of leaving the tap on continuously, run your sink to partially full and wash the dishes in the basin. Then, rinse them using the spray attachment on your sink faucet.
The same concept applies to shaving at the sink or brushing your teeth. Leave the tap off when you’re doing the activity, and only turn it back on when it’s time to rinse.
3. Switch to Low-Flow Showerheads
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that low-flow showerheads can deliver water savings of between 25% and 60%. In lieu of installing new fixtures, you can also find flow-reducer devices that fit onto your existing showerheads.
Both work to restrict the amount of water that flows through your shower, helping you to get clean without using any more water than you need to. A green plumber can help share more about these fixtures, as well as install them for you!
4. Water Your Lawn Smartly
If you have a sprinkler or irrigation system, set it to run during the most optimal time of the day. It’s best to run it early in the morning or later in the evening, when the sun isn’t high in the sky and evaporating the water as soon as it hits the lawn.
In addition, pay close attention to your sprinkler system while it’s running. Make sure you aren’t paying to water your sidewalk or driveway! When you mow, try to mow at a slightly higher setting which can help your grass retain more moisture so you won’t have to water as frequently.
Try These Water Conservation Tips Today
Saving water can be a fun family effort, and you’ll appreciate these steps once your energy bill arrives! Together, every household can contribute to this change and help our environment.
If you need help fixing leaks, adjusting fixtures, or simply want to learn more water conservation tips, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team today. From commercial repairs to residential installations, we’ve got you covered.