Water is a precious natural resource that every person needs to survive. Pollution and overuse have made a significant dent in available supplies, and it's up to us to conserve what we can to prevent further contamination as well as to extend the life of this commodity. Let's take a look at a few easy things that you can do to conserve water around your home:
Look for leaks
A leaky faucet is just hemorrhaging money. The longer you wait to fix this issue, the more expensive your monthly bills will be. However, with regular inspections, you can avoid these problems. It doesn't cost you anything to walk around your home and inspect faucets and pipes for any visible leaks. Even a small drip can waste up to 20 gallons of water per day. Homeowners should also put a little food coloring in the toilet tank to determine if the toilet water is leaking into the bowl. These types of issues can be easily and quickly fixed. A quick examination of your home's water meter during a two-hour period where no water was used can also show you if there is a leak present. Solving this problem early enough can save a lot of water and money in the process.
Cut out water when possible
It's easy to waste water because we often don't realize just how much is being used. When you brush your teeth, for example, do you leave the tap on? By turning the tap off instead, you could save about 1.5 gallons of water per minute. Water can also be cut down considerably in a few key areas. Rather than luxuriating in a 30-minute shower, get this time down and you'll save a ton of money and water in the process. Using a watering can to care for your outdoor plants will be much more efficient than a hose, and homeowners can put a jug of tap water in the fridge to ensure they don't have to run their faucet to get the right temperature. The water could also be used to wash produce or cook.
Invest in conservative appliances
With the green movement becoming more popular among homebuyers, many organizations have introduced appliances that capitalize on efficiency. Check the Consortium For Energy Efficiency to compare water use between washing machine models. Likewise, homeowners can look into specifics for their toilets, showerheads, dishwashers and other appliances such as our Roto Green products. This information will help you pick the best models for your home to conserve water and deliver the features that you want. Low flow showerheads can save a significant amount of water during showers. Pair that with the shorter timeframe suggested earlier, and you can start noticing a significant difference right away.
Load your machines properly
With clothes washing machines and dishwashers, it's essential to load these appliances correctly. Otherwise, your items won't be cleaned as effectively as they could be. There area number of common errors that people make when loading their dishwasher. For example, did you know that your cutlery should be as spaced out as possible? If they're all squished together, they won't be cleaned, and water won't be used as effectively. If you simply don't have the space, alternate with one headed up, one headed down. This will create more space and provide a better cleaning for the cutlery. Both washing appliances have the crux where if they are overloaded or not loaded appropriately, they will not run as efficiently, and may end up using more water to compensate.
With these tips, it will be easier to conserve water and be more efficient. For all of your plumbing needs, call your local Vancouver Roto-Rooter professional!
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