Californians by now should be used to conserving water. And considering what is going on with the world, you should too. California is headed into another drought period and South Africa will be completely out of water in a few months. A quick google search will reveal just how many droughts are plaguing the world. No matter where you live, here are some plumbing tips to help you save not only money but water as well.
Conserve Water Whenever You Can
Limited rain and snowfall, combined with climate change and increasing populations can drain our water supplies faster than we can come up with solutions. Let’s make the most of what we have and not waste water. Before working with plumbing or making upgrades, there are smaller habitual changes you can make that cost you absolutely nothing. After interviewing multiple plumbers in Orange County, here are a few daily tips on how to save water:
Don’t run the water while brushing your teeth. Wet your toothbrush and apply toothpaste. Fill your glass half full to rinse. You will save about 8 gallons of water per day and turning off the water while shaving will save another 10 gallons.
Turn off water when washing dishes. Use a plastic dish pan and put clean water in the sink to rinse dishes, saving 10 gallons per day.
Make sure household items are in working efficiently. If your toilet is not running properly this can waste a lot of water. Check to make sure plumbing problems are corrected. Use energy efficient washers, dishwashers and refrigerators to save water and energy.
Take shorter showers. We all love to have a long hot shower, but wasting this much water is hurting all of us. Set a timer for 5 minutes and get used to washing and rinsing quicker.
Landscaping. Many communities water just a few times a week and many people are designing landscaping that needs less water. Water every two or three days, and do it during the cooler parts of the day or night to alleviate evaporation.
Cover Your Water Heater
Water heater blankets are like insulation which means that your water heater will not have to work as hard or use as much energy to retain hot water temperatures. These blankets are almost essential for when the water heaters are located in unheated garages or cold basements. This tip alone will save you a surprising amount of money on your heating bill.
Switch To Low-Flow Fixtures
An easy upgrade for homeowners are low-flow faucets in kitchens, bathrooms and shower heads. Modern products are so efficient, you will not feel like you are giving up water pressure, yet you will be dramatically reducing your water consumption. Most of these fixtures are found at your local hardware or home improvement store, are reasonably priced and can be easily installed.
Replace Your Toilet
Our old model toilets can use as much as twice the amount of water as newer models. The advantage the new models bring is that they simply use less water with each flush. Check for eco-friendly toilets at your home improvement store or with your local plumber. While it may seem like an expense to buy a new toilet in the long run you will save money and water.
Keep Your Appliances In Good Shape
Take care of your appliances and make sure they are in good working order. Fix problems promptly and keep dishwashers, washing machines and water heaters in good condition. Look at the manufacturers’ recommendations and provide routine maintenance. Consider replacing appliances that are more than 10 years old. Run full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine to make the most efficient use of water and energy.