Water is a precious resource and one that we often take for granted. So today we wanted to share a few water-saving tips during the summer.
We all have to pay for the clean, safe, and convenient water we get piped to our homes. Often we don’t realize how using water inefficently not only contributes to water shortages and droughts, but also drives up our bills.
Also, reducing water usage can help combat climate change, because it means utility companies have to process less water, which saves a lot of energy.
This summer, you can save water, money, and the planet by finding ways you can reduce your water usage throughout your house. Here are some simple water-saving tips:
Check Your Toilets
Toilets use an estimated 2-7 gallons per flush, but most don’t need to use that much water. Many people know about things like low flow toilets, but even something as simple as a cistern bag can save a lot of water over time.
You should also be checking your toilet for leaks, particularly if you can hear running water. To check for a leak, put food coloring in your cistern and see if the colored water leaks into your toilet bowl without flushing.
Full Cycles Only
Dishwashers and washing machines are great time savers, but both use significant amounts of water. By loading these machines to their maximum capacity and only running them once a day, you can save a lot of water.
Water Your Lawn Efficiently
By watering your lawn in the early morning or late evening when the ground is at its coolest, you can prevent water from evaporating before your grass has a chance to make use of it.
You can also plant drought-resistant shrubs and plants, which have the added benefit of being more resistant to local plant diseases. These plants are more efficient with their water use, meaning you’ll have to water them less throughout the dry summer months.
Take Shorter Showers
A four-minute shower can use between 20-40 gallons of water or up to 10 gallons per minute. By cutting down how long you’re in the shower, turning off the shower while you’re using hair products or soap, or installing a low-flow showerhead, you can save hundreds of gallons each month.
Save Water With Sav-On
If you’ve got a leak in your plumbing that needs repair, want to remodel your bathroom to conserve water, or you want an inspection to learn more about your plumbing system, then our expert plumbers can help. You can get in touch with us over the phone or drop us an email, and we’ll do our best to get back to you ASAP.