Despite the fact that 70% of the world is made up of water, this valuable resource is not infinite. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average family uses 400 gallons of water every day. Seventy percent of this water is used indoors, with the bathroom being the major source of indoor water usage.
To help conserve water, consider these two water-saving techniques:
We often let the water run while brushing our teeth. Every time we let the water run, we are wasting about two gallons of water. To help conserve water in the bathroom, always remember to turn the faucet off while brushing your teeth, which will save you more than 200 gallons of water a month.
Examine your faucets. If you notice a constant drip from your faucet, you might need to replace a washer or faucet cartridge. If water is streaming out at the rate of one drop per second, you could potentially waste approximately 2,700 gallons a year. A leaky faucet is not only a waste of fresh water, it will also put a strain on your septic system, as well as your water bill. Replacing your less-efficient model with a low-flow faucet can also make a huge difference.
By updating your toilet to a more efficient model, you and your family could potentially cut your water usage by 60%. Switching to toilets that use only 1.28 gallons per flush (rather than the 3.5 to 7 gallons per flush of an older toilet) will not only save on water usage, but also make a significant impact on your utility bill. It is also important to check for toilet leaks, since a running toilet can waste about 200 gallons per day. Your local Roto-Rooter plumbing experts can help to identify any leaks in your home and offer immediate repair service to start saving you water as soon as possible.
The standard showerhead can use up to 2.5 gallons of water a minute. By switching to a more efficient, low-flow showerhead, the average family can save up to 2,900 gallons of water over a span of 13 days.
For additional information about converting your appliances and fixtures to more water efficient models, visit the EPA online to learn more about the WaterSense partnership program.
For the best in plumbing service and repairs, contact your local Roto-Rooter plumbing professional to help start conserving water today.
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