There are a lot of reasons people try to reduce the amount of water used on a daily basis. For some households, the primary goal is to conserve water for environmental purposes. For others, it’s simply a way to save money on utility bills. Not only do you save on your home’s water bill, but you save energy costs that can be passed on to you from companies that have to move and provide water services to your community. Whatever your reasons for using less water, here are the top 5 ways to achieve this.
1. Use energy efficient appliances and low flow plumbing fixtures
Have a plumber install low flow toilets, shower heads, and faucets to decrease the amount of water you use for fixtures that are turned on multiple times a day. Also, invest in appliances like energy efficient dishwashers and washing machines to help save water and reduce your energy bill.
2. Get plumbing leaks fixed right away
As soon as you notice a small drip coming from your faucet or out of a pipe under your sink, get a professional plumber out to fix it. While it may not seem like it, over time those small drips can significantly increase your water bill, do more damage to your plumbing, and cause you to waste a lot of water.
3. Take shorter showers
It can be hard to train yourself to take shorter showers, but even getting out a minute or two earlier than normal can make a difference over time. If taking long relaxing showers is something that you don’t want to give up, consider taking short showers throughout the week, and then treating yourself on Fridays after work to a longer one.
4. Turn off water faucets when not in use
Just like you should turn the lights off when you leave a room, you should turn the water off when you’re not using it. When brushing your teeth, don’t leave the faucet running for those 2-3 minutes. Or, when washing dishes by hand, fill up the sink with soapy water instead of running everything under a running faucet. Also, make sure you are doing full loads of dishes and laundry, so you’re making the most of the water when you are using it.
5. Have shut off nozzles on hoses
When you’re outside and using your hose, make sure you don’t just toss it to the side to run for those moments you don’t need it. Invest a few dollars in a shut off nozzle, so you save water and money. Plus, these come with great features that help you save water for every task from watering the garden to washing your car.
If you want to update your plumbing fixtures, upgrade your water heater, or have a leaky faucet that needs to be fixed, reach out to our expert plumbers at SSI! Call (703) 783-9302 or fill out the quick contact form.