Below you will discover valuable tips that not only conserve one of our most valuable resources but can also save you some money by reducing your monthly water bill. Freshwater is one of the many natural resources sometimes taken for granted. You turn on the tap and a seemingly endless supply is at your fingertips. However, the cost of freshwater has risen due to the demands placed on its supply from pollution and an ever-expanding population. Here are some ways we can conserve water in our own homes.
Repair Faulty Plumbing
Don’t drag your feet when it comes to repairing dripping faucets, leaking pipes or running toilets. A single faucet that drips 60 times a minute will waste 5 gallons of freshwater per day or 2,082 gallons per year. A professional plumber will make quick work of these simple repairs and help you to conserve water, reduce your bill and avoid costly home repairs resulting from the potential water damage.
Reduce Bathing Times
Reducing the length of your shower — by just four minutes — can conserve up to 4,000 gallons of fresh water per year. This can reflect an annual savings of $100 dollars per year on your water bill. In addition, shorter showers lead to a reduction in hot water use, which can also lower other utility bills such as gas or electricity.
Replace dated toilets, shower heads and faucets with efficient low-flow fixtures. Inefficient toilets can use as much as six gallons of freshwater per flush. When you compare that to the 1.6 gallons-per-flush of today’s models, you can easily comprehend the potential savings. Do not use your toilet as a garbage can. Aside from the harmful effects cigarette butts, chewing gum and feminine products have on septic tanks and sewer systems, placing them in the trash does not require precious freshwater.
Do not let it Run
Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or shaving. Many gallons of freshwater are wasted each year from this one, bad habit. When shaving, simply fill the basin with hot water to rinse your razor and keep disposable cups in the bathroom for rinsing after brushing your teeth.
No Half Loads
You can save on both your water and electric bill by utilizing the maximum capacity of your dishwasher and washing machine. If you must rinse your dishes before loading the dishwasher, fill the sink or a container with water for rinsing; do not let the faucet run.
At the end of the day, by doing your part to conserve water, you can help the environment by reducing your carbon footprint as well as save a little money on your monthly water bill.
For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.
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