The planet has never been hotter or more populated. As a result, water has become much more scarce and valuable. As is often said, water is the new oil. Though it does not cost a fortune to pay the water monthly bill as of this point on the timeline, water is quickly becoming an incredibly valuable resource. It is in your interest to get into the habit of minimizing your water use. Here's how to do it.
Wash the Dishes in a Strategic Manner
Modern-day dishwashers conserve an incredible amount of water compared to those of yesteryear. Though you can minimize water use by waiting until the dishwasher is fully loaded to run it, few people are willing to go to this extent. It will also help to scrape dishes rather than rinsing them prior to loading up the dishwasher. Those who are serious about water conservation should consider purchasing a new dishwasher. If you typically wash small loads, it might be best to add a double-drawer model to your home. These drawers use two gallons of water or less and function independent of one another to save water, detergent, and energy.
Consider the Addition of a new Washing Machine
A high-efficiency washing machine will save you plenty of water and money. After all, washing clothes account for nearly one-quarter of water use in residential buildings. In general, washing machines that are front-loaded use significantly less water than the top-loading variety. Be sure to select a washing machine featuring the Energy Star certification, regardless of whether you are interested in a top-loading or front-loading machine. Washing machines with the Energy Star label use around 40% less water than traditional washing machines. Instead of the tub filling up all the way, clothes are flipped within these water-saving washing machines and subsequently spun with water streams and sprays.
Water Indoor and Outdoor Plants by Hand
If you have a small or moderately-sized garden, consider watering it by hand. Though hand watering flowers, plants, and other greenery will take time and effort, manual watering uses about one-third less water than automatic irrigation systems.
Turn off Those Faucets!
A considerable number of people let their faucet run even though the water is not being used. There is no sense allowing the water to flow as you wash dishes, shampoo your hair, brush your teeth, wash your face or shave. Turn off the tap when performing these activities and you will save upwards of two gallons of water each minute. At the end of the month, you will have saved hundreds of gallons of water simply by turning off the faucet while brushing, shaving, etc.
Be Strategic When Washing Dishes
It is best to wash and rinse dishes in two separate sinks as opposed to one. There is no need to let the water run when washing dishes. Fill one sink with sudsy hot water for washing while using the other sink for rinsing. The end result will be a 50% water reduction.
Leaky Faucet? Don't Delay the Repair!
It is quite easy to fall into the trap of leaving a leaky faucet alone assuming the drip will stop. Some people ignore their leaky faucet and swear they will get around to repairing it at some point down the line. Delaying the repair of a leaky faucet will set you back financially while wasting a considerable amount of our planet's finite water. The drip from a leaky faucet has the potential to waste upwards of 20 gallons of water in a single day. If you have a leaky toilet, it can waste upwards of 200 gallons of water per day. Ask for assistance from those experienced with plumbing in Coral Springs and the repair will prove surprisingly affordable.
Cover the Pool
Pool covers are essential for keeping the pool temperature at the desired level. Covers trap the heat in the water below while simultaneously minimizing evaporation. According to the Department of Energy, the use of a pool cover can reduce the quantity of water necessary for replacement by 30% to 50%.
Bath or Shower?
If you are serious about conserving water, it is best to take short showers as opposed to baths or lengthy showers. There is no reason to spend any longer than five minutes in the shower. A shower of this length typically requires 10-25 gallons of water while baths mandate 70 gallons of water. However, if you absolutely have to have a bath, consider re-purposing the water. Bathwater can be used to water houseplants and even scooped up in a bucket to perform a manual, water-saving toilet flush as opposed to the comparably wasteful handle-triggered flush.
Contact Erica's Plumbing, Air Conditioning and Restoration for Assistance
When it comes to plumbing in Coral Springs, we have your needs covered. Whether you need a plumbing inspection, repair, replacement or anything else plumbing-related, do not hesitate to contact us. You can reach our team for assistance with plumbing in Coral Springs by dialing (561) 245-7435.