The "going green" movement has become very popular in recent years, and it's no wonder. Almost everyone agrees that it's important to do all we can to keep our planet clean and usable for future generations—and conserving water is just one way to do that. Our plumbers are often asked how to conserve water in the home. Fortunately, it's a simple task. All it takes is a little thought to help out the environment. And when you learn how to conserve water, you may also notice a decrease in your monthly utility bill—a total bonus! Here are five easy ways to start conserving water immediately:
Install low-flow plumbing fixtures. By upgrading bathroom fixtures like your toilet, showerheads, and faucets, you're practicing a simple one-time conservation measure with little or no additional maintenance cost compared with conventional fixtures. These fixtures are more efficient and use less water to complete the same task. For example, a low-flush toilet only uses 1.6 gallons or less per flush, while a conventional toilet may use 3.5 to 5 gallons or more per flush.
Fix leaks right away. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, toilets leaks waste a potential 200 gallons of water every day. Over time, that adds up—and impacts not only the environment, but your utility bill as well.
Turn off water when not in use. This applies whether you're washing dishes in the kitchen sink, shaving, washing hands, or brushing teeth. Even this small amount adds up over the course of a year. Imagine how much water we'd conserve if everyone made this minor change.
Run your appliances only when they're full. Avoid using the dishwasher and washing machine when only half-loaded, unless your washing machine features a variable load control.
Water your yard when it's coolest outside. When it's hot outside, much of the water evaporates and it takes more water to properly water your grass and plants.
Now that you know how to conserve water in the most basic ways, think of some bigger measures you can take. Get the kids involved and make a game of it—if everyone pitches in, our world will be a better place all around.