Cutting back on water use in your home will help save you money and put less strain on your plumbing system. Water conservation is also taking center stage at many discussions of how to combat drought and preserve our environment. While there are many ways to accomplish the goal of water conservation every day, here are five of the most effective ways to reduce your water use.
1. TURN OFF YOUR FAUCET WHILE WASHING AND BRUSHING
Although many of us leave the water running in our sinks while we are soaping our hands and brushing our teeth, the truth is that we would be saving a lot of water if we turn the taps off while doing these activities – and turn them back on when we need to rinse. With water flowing out of our taps at the rate of nearly 3 gallons per minute, it is easy to see how changing this one practice can make a huge difference over time in our water consumption.
2. TAKE SHORTER SHOWERS
Turn Off Your FaucetDo you really need to keep the shower running while you are soaping up or shaving? You will save countless gallons of water each time you turn the shower off while you do. In addition, setting a timer to see how long your average shower takes could be incredibly enlightening. Try cutting back your shower time by just a minute and see how your water bills change for the better.
3. RUN ONLY FULL DISHWASHERS AND WASHING MACHINES
Your water consumption is impacted significantly every time you run the dishwasher and washing machine. Conserve both water and electricity by waiting to run these appliances with full loads.
4. REPLACE OLD PLUMBING FIXTURES WITH WATERSENSE-CERTIFIED PRODUCTS
Did you know that old showerheads and faucets add gallons of unnecessary water consumption every time you use them? Replace them with WaterSense-certified products that meet standards created by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Manufactured by numerous trusted brands in plumbing products, these fixtures make saving water easy without making a major lifestyle change. Learn more at https://www.epa.gov/watersense
5. FIX ALL OF YOUR LEAKS
You would be surprised to know how many gallons of water you are wasting and paying for by letting both little and big leaks in your plumbing system go without repair. Fix them and watch both your water consumption and water bill drop significantly. In the video below, we meet up with our Superintendent, Thomas as he tracks a leak from the septic system back to the toilet and makes an adjustment to the flapper valve in the toilet tank.
NEED PROFESSIONALS TO FIX YOUR LEAKS OR INSTALL NEW FIXTURES? FLOHAWKS CAN HELP!
Water conservation is important to the team at FloHawks and we are happy to help you and your family find ways to conserve water around your home. FloHawks has trusted and certified plumbing professionals who understand that leaks and other plumbing problems can often result in wasted water. If you are interested in installing new fixtures that are WaterSense-certified, repairing links once and for all, or help with handling any other plumbing issues, we are here to help.
Call (253) 205-0706 or use our Schedule Your Service tool, which will allow you to set up an appointment that works with your schedule.